Supreme Court Will Look At Right-To-Work Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether state employees are covered by a law that makes financial support for unions voluntary.

The state appeals court in August said the so-called right-to-work law does apply to 35,000 state workers. In an order released Thursday, the Supreme Court says it will take the case.

The 2013 law says public and private workers in Michigan don't have to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. More than two-thirds of state employees are represented by unions.

Opponents say lawmakers are treading on the constitutional turf of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which sets pay for state employees. The commission is dominated by appointees of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat.


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