Funding Threatened for Universities that Extend Union Contracts Before Right-to-Work Law Takes Effect

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's public universities that approve extended contracts before the right-to-work law goes into effect March 28 could lose 15 percent in state aid under a bill passed by a House panel.
The bill passed 4-3 Tuesday by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee makes 15 percent of state funding contingent on requirements that employee contracts approved between Dec. 10 and March 28 show more than 10 percent in savings.
Republicans control the Legislature, which last year passed the law to bar unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers they represent.
The bill could cost Wayne State University $27 million this year. The university's governors are expected to vote Wednesday on a tentative 8-year faculty contract.
Opponents say universities should be free to renegotiate contracts before the law goes into effect.

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