Late last year, while conservatives were still coming to terms with the re-election of President Obama, something remarkable happened in Michigan. A state that is synonymous with Big Labor enacted a right-to-work law.

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) and Republican lawmakers had just witnessed the overwhelming rejection of a union-backed measure at the ballot box in November. Fearing the state was losing jobs to states with more friendly business climates — and workers could also lose freedoms in the workplace — they moved swiftly to make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in America.

Earlier this week, Heritage hosted Michigan businessman and entrepreneur Dick DeVos, a former candidate for governor and a Heritage member. I sat down with him to talk about how it happened and what lessons conservatives can take away from the victory as they make the case for freedom nationally and in states.

The interview runs about five minutes. It was produced and directed by Patrick Frank. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more Heritage videos.

Cross-posted from The Foundry.

Comments (2)

Sherry - January 17, 2013

It is important to protect a workers right to disassociate as well as their right to associate -thank you!!! It’s not right to force people to contribute to an organization that finances an agenda and/or a political party they do not agree with. If workers have the right to disassociate from the unions, the workers will have a greater influence over the union -as it should be.

Gary Kanady - January 24, 2013

I agree with Dick DeVos: We failed to connect with the voters. Every message I got from the Romney campaign ducked the tough issues and then asked for money. We need simple, memorable messages like the 1-Minute video, “The Doorbell.” We need to reach the younger voters via Facebook. David Bozell of has some excellent ideas that Heritage needs to embrace and emulate.

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