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Monday, December 17, 2012

Michigan's move to RTW may spark others in upper Mid-West to same

Ohio, Wisconsin, even Minnesota next? Rumors of Missouri

From, "Right-to-work legislation may spark chain reaction":
The move has emboldened Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee to push similar measures in neighboring states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, and Minnesota.

“All of these states are competing with neighbors with similar circumstances: similar infrastructure, similar industries, similar populations,” he said. “The fact that Indiana did it raised the stakes for Michigan and now that Michigan has done it, the pressure to consider right-to-work has increased dramatically in all of those states.”

Regional competition is a driving force behind state labor laws, according to Brent Pollina of Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. The company provides information on local business climates to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses looking to cross state lines.

“Regional competitiveness is very important. Clients approach us and say, ‘We need to be in the southwest or the Great Lakes area—where should we go,’” he said.
Editor's note - I've seen a couple references that Missouri may be added to the list. Indiana is already RTW.

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