ACLU Sues Over "Right to Work" Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Labor unions and the ACLU of Michigan say the state's right-to-work law should be struck down because people were locked out of the Capitol when the bills were initially passed.
An amended lawsuit filed Thursday asks an Ingham County judge to invalidate the law because the Open Meetings Act was violated.
Additional people were blocked from coming into the Capitol for more than four hours on Dec. 6 after state police had safety concerns.
The suit doesn't take issue with the substance of the law that prohibits forcing workers to pay union dues or fees. Opponents for now instead say the law can't stand because it was passed in a place that wasn't open and accessible to the public.

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  • by Bill Location: Mason on Feb 8, 2013 at 09:46 AM
    Are those 8 Protesters in Jail Yet...just wondering cuz they were the chosen few to prove a point that if you want to be rude-n-crude while protesting you get what you get. Heck I think there should have been another 30 or so arrested doing rude stuff as well. Must have been a jail opening for 8 and not 38.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 at 03:29 AM
    Calling union members thugs is like calling politicians lying cheating scoundrels. There is enough of a pattern that it appears to fit all of them.
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Feb 4, 2013 at 08:30 AM
    There is only so much space in a room. What about all the damage done to the capitol building by this group of protestors. By all means speak your opinion but when you start damaging property you should be asked to leave. They were not asked to leave instead they flooded the staircases. How does this equate to not being allowed to be there? They were there, just not front and center, but they were in the building.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 2, 2013 at 04:17 AM
    Ya it's like when Obama kept out the public and the Republicans while creating Obamacare. It's the law and now we have to like it. 51% of the uninformed!?!?!?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM
    So you are calling every member of a union a thug? That's like calling every Christian the same as the Westboro Church members. And not sure that broadcasting works. Seems like courts have ruled that closing a session of city councils to the public but broadcasting them is not legal. This will be interesting. And haven't we seen that around the world when a government keeps out the protestors so government can change the laws? And we as a county have not liked that and helped the protestors?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 at 09:55 AM
    @Ricardo, are you saying that if I disagree with your opinion, I should not be allowed to voice my opposition?
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 1, 2013 at 06:52 AM
    The open meeting law was to prevent back room deals. This law has no merit because the entire proceeding was broadcast and recorded. The ACLU must be desparate to get some attention if they are defending thugs.
  • by Me Location: Here on Feb 1, 2013 at 05:48 AM
    Ah, the ACLU..always the problem....never the answer!! Worthless!!!
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 1, 2013 at 04:37 AM
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 1, 2013 at 03:16 AM
    The reason these union people were locked out of the Capitol was they were becoming an unruly mob. So the Police acted correctly in removing them so the political process could function. Mob mentality is not the way to go. Thank You Ricardo
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