MI Supreme Court reconsiders right to work, pensions

Jan 13, 2015

  

The Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing.
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The Michigan Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today involving two disputed laws passed during the first term of Governor Rick Snyder.

First, justices will consider whether the state’s recent ‘right-to-work’ law, which eliminated the payment of union dues as a condition of employment, also applies to unionized state employees.  

Second, it will explore whether the state exceeded its authority in 2011 when Michigan pensioners became subject to a 4-percent contribution from their pay in order to keep full benefits.

Current State revisits the details of the cases and what the justices will likely be considering with Professor Devin Schindler, Constitutional Law expert on the faculty of Western Michigan University/Cooley Law School and John Beck, Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations here at Michigan State University.