Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein has this to say about Michigan’s right-to-work law:

While there may still be great symbolic significance to Michigan’s right-to-work law, there is no longer much practical significance. This is an old fight about an outdated idea that has little resonance in today’s economy.

This is good news for the state’s unions, who can now stop organizing all those rallies and composing angry press releases, like these from the Michigan Education Association and Michigan AFL-CIO.

Meanwhile, over at the Post‘s column The Answer Sheet, Valerie Strauss posted Richard D. Kahlenberg’s “The best and worst in education and labor: 2012,” which naturally cites Michigan’s right-to-work law as one of the year’s “worsts,” along with “the revival of private school vouchers.” Among the “bests” were “the revival of tough and innovative teachers unions” and “new approaches to union organizing.” Yes, I did roll my eyes while reading it.