Judge Refuses to Dismiss Right-to-Work Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MASON, Mich. (AP) -- An Ingham County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that says Michigan's right-to-work law should be struck down because people were locked out of the Capitol for hours while the measure was debated in December.

Circuit Judge William Collette on Wednesday said plaintiffs in the case have a "real uphill battle" but should be allowed to depose witnesses and collect evidence.

He ruled after hearing arguments from the state attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on whether the case should be tossed.

Unions and others say the law should be invalidated because the Open Meetings Act was violated. The state says people already inside the Capitol were allowed to stay, and the public had access to the proceedings on TV and through media coverage.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 at 08:49 AM
    I thought I had read earlier that the 'union thugs' that were disrupting the proceedings at the capital were actually 'thugs' hired by the right to work proponents.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Michigan on Apr 3, 2013 at 07:45 PM
    The State Police wouldn't have locked the doors if the union thugs outside and inside the building had been acting like civilized human beings. As it is they attacked the right to work tent knocking it down hurting innocent people and ruining things in the tent. I would have locked the doors too. Why are union people always so violent?
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Apr 3, 2013 at 01:39 PM
    Typical liberals. When they lose in a legitimate vote, they run to a judge who is willing to blur the lines of his authority.
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