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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.

The state Capitol was quiet Wednesday on the anniversary of the passage of a historic right-to-work bill.

Accusations that teachers unions are breaking Michigan’s new right to work law could take center stage this week in Lansing.


A new dispute involving Michigan’s recently enacted "Right to Work" law unfolded this week. On Monday, Midland’s Mackinac Center Legal Foundation announced it’s taking action against the Michigan Education Association.

Michigan’s new right-to-work law has not put a big dent in membership of the state’s biggest teachers’ union.

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Yesterday was the first Labor Day in Michigan since Right to Work legislation was signed into law.

John Beck, associate director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU, joined Current State to talk about organized labor, especially post-Right To Work.

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s right-to-work law applies to state workers.

The State Supreme Court said today it won’t rule early on the constitutionality of Michigan’s new right-to-work law.

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An Ingham County judge says groups hoping to repeal Michigan’s new right-to-work law can move forward with their lawsuit.

A lawsuit aimed at repealing Michigan’s new right-to-work law will have its first day in court Wednesday.

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Michigan is officially a right-to-work state.

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Michigan officially becomes a right-to-work state Thursday.

Michigan's Right-to-Work law set to take effect

Mar 27, 2013
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Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect.  Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate.   Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law.  Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.

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 Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.

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A state budget panel has voted to cut state funding to schools and universities that agree to new long-term union contracts before the end of the month.