New Suit Filed Over "Right to Work" Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Labor unions are asking a federal judge in Detroit to block part of Michigan's right-to-work law from taking effect in late March.
The lawsuit filed Monday is the second to challenge the law in recent weeks. It prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
Unions say the law can't apply to private-sector employees because it overreaches into any area controlled by the National Labor Relations Act. AFL-CIO lawyer Andrew Nickelhoff also says the law is an unconstitutional attempt to control workplace activities in federal areas such as dockyards.
An earlier suit challenges how the law was rushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Supporters of right-to-work laws say they give employees greater freedom of choice. Opponents say they undermine the ability to unionize.


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  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Feb 18, 2013 at 09:49 AM
    Apparently the unions aren't done damaging the state. Now they will waste a ton of taxpayer money and tie up the courts to try to force themselves on an unwilling public like the rapists that they are.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Feb 15, 2013 at 09:42 AM
    @ Labor Relations Yahoo Look if Owe-Boma Care can still be law then the methods they used to get it passed came home to its roots and you folks that are Union Supporters can't stand that fact. If you want to pay union dues then you are free to do so. However, I now have a choice to NOT PAY those Liberal Union Groups. Thank You Gov for allowing this to happen....its the best thing since OWE-BOMA CARE I reckon.
  • by Employer Labour Relations Location: Ontorio on Feb 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
    There are so many disputes over Right to Work law for past time. The disputes are genuine and I think whether to opt for dues payment to union for employment or not is typically a decision of labour and employees and there should not be any law regarding the same. Ya, its right that there are some fraud unions which has made the dues idea a permanent way to earn money but there are some genuine also. And for the sake of some, we can't prohibit all. For all the fraud ones, a strong labour law has to be made.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 03:19 AM
    Wahh-wahh. For petes sake, accept the fact that it is time for change! Thank You. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 at 03:17 AM
    The law must be for the good fo the people if they are saying that it is unconstitiuoinal. The only time i see that used is when the groups are desparate.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 at 03:17 AM
    The law must be for the good fo the people if they are saying that it is unconstitiuoinal. The only time i see that used is when the groups are desparate.
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