Insider tip: Cabbage Patch Kids or the Rubik’s Cube may be poised for a comeback, at least if politics provides any hints on trends in popular culture. It’s about to be the 1980s all over again as the right-to-work issue becomes a serious topic of discussion. More than two decades ago, lots of political blood was spilt as labor and business fought this issue to a near-draw nationally. Today, there are 22 pure right-to-work states and 29 union-shop states. Colorado alone has a hybrid or modified union-shop law.
Since 2001, when Oklahoma adopted right-to-work after an expensive and contentious referendum, there has been, for the most part, a d