A lesson in the importance of “Right to Work” states

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The Heartland Institute’s Morning Bell today is a good one – “How Chrysler Can Actually Help Detroit“:

Did you know that there are no Volkswagen manufacturing plants in the Detroit area? Or Mercedes-Benz? Or Kia? Or Hyundai? Or BMW, for that matter? The Motor City has a well-earned reputation for having the greatest auto workers in the nation, yet honorable Michiganders largely build cars for only three companies.

Apart from having their cars assembled in Michigan, it turns out that those three companies have something else in common: the United Auto Workers union (UAW). It also turns out that every other car manufacturer has something in common, too: not wanting the UAW to do to them what it did to the Big Three.

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[M]anufacturing employment is over 30 percent higher in right-to-work states. Since 1990, the majority of new manufacturing plants by foreign automakers have been built in southern right-to-work states like Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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