You know it’s bad when a group decides to emulate the Old East German response to people voting with their feet:
The president of Michigan’s largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December.
Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013. The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.
PDF of the email here. I would recommend that interested pro-labor reform groups make it clear that they will be happy to provide legal support to anybody who is subject to harassment lawsuits. I certainly think that Big Labor’s gambit of limiting the window to quit the union to the month of August should at least be challenged in court. Like it or not: Michigan is now a right-to-work state. That has implications.
— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) January 24, 2013