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13 Apr 2016 Wisconsin Right-To-Work Law Ruled Unconstitutional by State Court Judge

Another state’s right-to-work law has been challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional – at least at the initial stage in the case. As we reported last year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the “freedom-to-work” bill into law on March 9, and Wisconsin unions filed a lawsuit against the state the next day challenging its constitutionality. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will pursue an appeal of the decision and is considering whether to appeal directly to the Wisconsin…

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23 Dec 2015 Michigan Teacher’s Unions Lose Numbers (And Their Dues) Under Michigan Right-To-Work Law

Recent data from Michigan’s two largest teacher unions demonstrates the profound impact Michigan’s Right-to-Work law has had. According to two recent articles, since the law was signed in 2012, the right to withdraw and no longer pay dues has heavily impacted Michigan’s largest teachers’ unions, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan. Since 2012, the MEA has lost 23,000 dues-paying members. The smaller American Federation of Teachers has also lost 4,800…

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11 Jun 2015 MERC Upholds Michigan Right to Work Decision Finding Teachers Can Withdraw From Union At Any Time

Yesterday the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) unanimously upheld a ruling under Michigan’s Right to Work Law, which   Declared the Michigan Education Association’s (MEA) “August window” for withdrawal from the union illegal; and   Permitted union-represented public employees to withdraw from their unions at any time.   We reported last September on MERC Administrative Law Judge Julia Stern’s initial decision, which determined that MEA’s attempt to limit employees’ right to withdraw from the union…

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09 Feb 2015 Another challenge to Michigan’s Right to Work law bites the dust

As we reported over a year ago, among the several lawsuits filed challenging Michigan’s Right to Work law was a suit claiming the procedure used when passing the law in December 2012 violated Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.  The union groups who filed the lawsuit, supported by the ACLU, premised their claim on the fact that due to action by law enforcement closing the Capitol Building for safety reasons, members of the public were prevented from…

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20 Jan 2015 MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO STATES RIGHT TO WORK LAW

Last Tuesday, the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in UAW v. Green, Case No. 147700, which the United Autoworkers (UAW) filed to challenge the application of Michigan’s Right to Work law to 35,000 State employees. The UAW has been arguing that Michigan’s Right to Work law does not apply to state employees who are under the jurisdiction of and whose wages are set by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. The UAW suit is an effort…

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30 Sep 2014 Michigan Court of Appeals Dismisses Home Care Workers Lawsuit Against SEIU as Moot After SEIU Voluntarily Pays Back Union Dues

  Although the law on unionization of Michigan home health care workers changed more than two years ago, the repercussions of SEIU’s representation of these workers continue.  Earlier this month, the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by home-based caregivers seeking return of the union dues paid to SEIU.  The Court of Appeals found that the lawsuit was moot, because SEIU had voluntarily paid back the dues amounts to the…

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04 Sep 2014 Michigan Teachers Union Suffers Right To Work Setbacks – Teachers Can Leave Unions At Anytime

  Yesterday a Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled that the Michigan Education Association (MEA), which includes most of Michigan’s teachers unions, cannot restrict teachers’ ability to leave the unions under Michigan’s Right to Work law. The MEA had taken the position that teachers could only resign membership from the union during a singular window during August of any given year. Assisted by the Mackinac Center, four teachers from Saginaw challenged…

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01 May 2014 REVERBERATIONS FOR SEIU CONTINUE REGARDING MICHIGAN DECISION TO STOP FORCED UNIONIZATION OF HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS

  As we earlier reported, in 2012, Michigan’s Governor Snyder reversed his predecessor Jennifer Granholm’s stance that home health care workers were to be deemed public employees and thus members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan by signing legislation excluding them from the definition of public employees under state law.  The position of Governor Granholm’s administration on this issue was highly criticized with many suggesting it smacked of political re-payment.   Now the numbers are in and…

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02 Apr 2014 A Mixed Bag of Tricks for Michigan’s Right to Work Law

  As we previously reported, a number of lawsuits were filed challenging Michigan’s Right to Work Law.  One of those challenges was filed by the Michigan State AFL-CIO and several other labor groups in February 2013, alleging that the Right to Work law covering private sector employees was preempted by the federal law and therefore invalid.   The state officials named in the lawsuit responded by filing a motion to dismiss. On March 31, 2014,…

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10 Mar 2014 New Michigan Right to Work Lawsuit Filed After MEA Threatens to Send Teacher to Collections for Failing to Pay Dues

Last October we reported that the Mackinac Center had filed unfair labor practice charges with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) against the Michigan Education Association (MEA). The MEA is the union that represents teachers throughout the State of Michigan. Those prior unfair labor practice charges alleged that teachers who wished to leave the MEA under Michigan’s Right to Work law were bullied and intimidated by the MEA and that the MEA’s “August window period” for…

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