If you're going to kick someone when he's down, it's a good idea to make sure he'll stay down.
Over the howls of organized labor, the Republican majority in the Michigan legislature this week will pass right-to-work legislation. Until now, unions in unionized companies could require that all workers pay union dues as a condition of employment, to prevent them from getting a free ride on gains won by the unions. Right-to-work laws eliminate that requirement, leaving employees free to pay dues or not.
Business groups say right-to-work laws are a blow for worker freedom. Union supporters say they just weaken unions and should be known as right-to-work-for-less laws. The unions have a point: average wages in right-to-work states are usually lower than in states without these laws.