Harmony works best
Michigan's conversion to a right-to-work state is a redefining moment in the history of organized labor.
But it should not adversely affect the relationship between Detroit's automakers and the UAW.
The relationship between the union and auto companies began in conflict but has evolved into a partnership. Both sides have proved they can work together to restructure contracts, increase collaboration and work for mutual benefit.
Similar legislation may be enacted in other manufacturing states, which could redraw the map of where automakers and suppliers build their factories. But there has been too much progress, and too great a partnership, to create an unhealthy situation between the union and the manufacturers.