Here is what a supporter of the current Michigan law that forces people to join unions and have dues automatically deducted... Mott said if the legislation is approved, fewer people will likely join unions but the unions will have to represent them. "They don't have to pay into it but they reap the benefits." Hundreds of protesters arrive at Michigan Capitol; inside crowd chants 'this is our house' | Politics/Election 2012 | Detroit Free Press | freep.com So the ONLY reason people join UNIONS is to reap the benefits right? Then why is there a law that REQUIRES them to join? Logic would say if the UNION is doing their jobs well i.e. providing the benefits people would pay to join right? BUT it appears the rank and file DON"T see the UNION paying any of the benefits... the employer does! And if the UNION is paying any benefits it's coming because of members dues deducted from the members' paychecks! So if I am a member and a employer comes to town offering higher pay and benefits BUT it is not a union shop which place would I want to work i.e. exchange my 40 hours a week for a paycheck and benefits??? A place where I don't have more money deducted from my paycheck or a place where I'm forced to have money deducted? Seems like a no brainer!