Emboldened, Right-to-Work Group Eyes New States

But other GOP governors seem leery of inviting controversy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 13, 2012 1:00 PM CST

(Newser) – The success of right-to-work legislation in Michigan has emboldened the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to try to work the same anti-union magic in yet more states, the group's president tells the Washington Post. "If Michigan can do it, then I think everybody ought to think about it," he says, citing Alaska, Missouri, Montana, and Pennsylvania as potential targets.

But national unions say they won't be caught off guard again the way they were in Michigan, and many GOP governors appear unwilling to dive into the controversial issue. "There is not much of a movement to do it," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said this week. But that's not deterring activists: In Ohio, where the GOP legislature and governor show little interest in taking up the issue, an independent group is trying to get it on the state's ballot.

Protesters gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
Protesters gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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