Minnesota GOP lawmakers considering Right-To-Work measure
By Kyle Maichle
Minnesota is the latest Midwest state to consider making mandatory union membership illegal. The measure, if approved, would prohibit employers and unions from making union membership or payment of union dues as a condition of employment or union membership.
Union membership is high in the Northern part of Minnesota consisting from tradesmen to teachers. However, union leaders expressed concern of making Minnesota a Right-To-Work state. Alan Netland, President of the North East Labor Council, said: "it's bad news for unions...Basically, those who would benefit from union negotiations wouldn't have to pay for those benefits."