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WSU labor expert comments in a Detroit News article examining right-to-work law

December 9, 2012

A right-to-work law in Michigan, home to 671,000 unionized employees, could further deteriorate the membership, finances and political clout of labor unions. Gov. Rick Snyder says the law will spark job growth in Michigan. Marick Masters, a labor expert at Wayne State University, doesn't believe a right-to-work law will dramatically boost job growth in the state. "I think right-to-work is overplayed as a competitive factor. I don't think it ranks as one of the significant drivers of manufacturing firms in terms of where they locate," he said.