Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule quickly on the constitutionality of a right-to-work law that takes effect in two months.
The Republican governor said Monday he wants to resolve the uncertainty over the law's impact on state employees because new contract talks will begin this summer.
If the high court grants Snyder's request for an advisory opinion, it could thwart opponents' plans to file lawsuits. Snyder is hoping for a ruling before the court's term ends in July.
He said protracted litigation would be "very divisive" and not serve the interests of "judicial economy."
Unions are considering all legal options to challenge and block the law that prohibits forcing workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.