Court Not Ready to Give Right-to-Work Opinion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Michigan Supreme Court not ready to issue its opinion on

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 11, 2012 Gov. Rick Snyder speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January. A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the state House won't be enough to overcome majority Republicans or the GOP grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the party out of power remains bitter about a legislative landslide in the final working days of 2012 that included sending nearly 300 bills to Gov. Snyder and transforming labor bastion Michigan into the nation's 24th right-to-work state. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court is in no hurry to give an opinion on the legality of the state's right-to-work law.

In fact, the court still hasn't decided whether to even grant Gov. Rick Snyder's request. The court on Friday asked a high-ranking member of the attorney general's office to weigh in on whether the justices should intervene.

Two justices disagree with the need for input from the state's solicitor general.

In January, Snyder asked the court to tell him whether the new law would affect state employees who belong to a union. The governor believes an opinion from the state's highest court might solve months or years of litigation in other courts.

The right-to-work law allows workers in Michigan to stop paying union dues if they choose.


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