right to work

NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

State Capitol Quiet On Right-To-Work Anniversary

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

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Michigan Senate Panel Formed To See How Teachers Unions Are Obeying Right To Work Law

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

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Conservative Michigan group pursues legal action against MEA

Coopersville teacher Miriam Chanski wants to leave the Michigan Education Association.
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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.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Michigan Education Association Retains 99% Of Members

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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Michigan’s first Labor Day after Right to Work legislation

Michigan was the 24th state in the country to enact right to work, amid protests. Some took place in Lansing last December at the Capitol building.
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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.

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NewsRoom
4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Court Of Appeals Rules Right To Work Law Applies To State Workers

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

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Won’t Rule Early On Right-To-Work

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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NewsRoom
3:18 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Judge Says Anti-Right-To-Work Lawsuit Can Proceed

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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.

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NewsRoom
4:42 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Lawsuit To Toss Out Right-To-Work Goes To Court This Week

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

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NewsRoom
4:54 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Michigan Is Officially A Right-To-Work State

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Michigan is officially a right-to-work state.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan Becomes Nation’s 23rd Right-To-Work State

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

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

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

Michigan' Right-to-Work law is going into effect Thursday March 27th.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Legislature set to cut state revenue to universities over new worker contracts

In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
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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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NewsRoom
5:22 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Lawmakers Move To Cut School And University Funding Over RTW Debate

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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.

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NewsRoom
5:43 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Fight Over Right-To-Work And School Contracts Heats Up, Ferris State faculty Files Complaint

The top Democrat in the state House says Republican lawmakers are trying to bully schools and universities into rejecting new union contracts.

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NewsRoom
4:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Lawmaker Calling On Schools To Explain Contract Extensions

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A Republican state lawmaker wants school officials to justify employee contracts that could be used to skirt Michigan’s new right-to-work law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan ACLU on 'Right to Work' lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken action to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s controversial right-to-work law.

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Politics & Government
2:42 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Lansing teachers seek new contract before 'Right to Work' kicks in

In five weeks, Michigan’s so-called Right to Work law takes effect.  Some local Michigan teacher unions are working to lock in new contracts before then.  In some cases, it’s an effort to delay the impact of the controversial new law since it will not include contracts already in place by March 27, when it takes effect. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Unions, ACLU Sue To Block Right-To-Work Law

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Snyder Asks MI Supreme Court To Rule On ‘Right-To-Work’

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Governor Rick Snyder has asked the state Supreme Court to bypass lower courts and rule soon on whether Michigan’s new right-to-work law is legal.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:51 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Michigan Spent $900K For Police At Union Protests

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The Michigan State Police spent an extra $900,000 on overtime and other expenses to have a large presence at the Capitol during demonstrations against a right-to-work law in December.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Unions To Continue Fight Against Right To Work

Union leaders and workers say Governor Rick Snyder offered no olive branch in his State of the State address and they will keep fighting the right-to-work legislation he recently signed.  
 
United Auto Workers Local 652 President Mike Green was among about 200 union workers protesting outside the Capitol on Wednesday night.  He said Thursday that Snyder's silence on unions was "just like he didn't pay attention to what the people wanted in the first place."
 

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Schuette: RTW Will Survive Court Challenge, Applies To Civil Service Workers

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan’s new right-to-work law will survive the almost-certain court challenges by unions opposed to it.  

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Breaking
6:44 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Snyder Signs RTW Into Law

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed the law that will make Michigan the nation's 24th so-called "right-to-work" state.

NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Right-To-Work Bills Headed To Gov. Snyder’s Desk

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Governor Rick Snyder will have the final say as to whether Michigan will become a so-called “right-to-work” state. 

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Developing
10:21 am
Tue December 11, 2012

State Troopers Armed With Tear Gas Guard Capitol

Michigan State Police riot gear in the Capitol Building.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.

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Developing
9:28 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Several Thousand Union Members March To Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Several thousand union members gathered to protest so-called right-to-work legislation in Michigan have begun a three-block walk to the state Capitol.

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Developing
9:08 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Protesters At Mich. Capitol Battle Right-To-Work

Some of the tents and “inflatables” along Capitol Avenue.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Union demonstrators rallying against right-to-work legislation in Michigan have turned the front lawn of the state Capitol into an impromptu carnival that includes giant, inflatable rats representing Republicans supporting the divisive measure.

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Capitol Prepares For RTW Votes

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At the state Capitol, Democrats are preparing their last-ditch effort to slow or stop legislation that would make Michigan the 24th so-called “right-to-work” state.  

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NewsRoom
8:35 am
Fri December 7, 2012

House, Senate Pass Controversial "Right to Work" Legislation

Opponents of Right to Work legislation demonstrate at the state Capitol in Lansing Thursday. Final action on the legislation could occur as early as next week.
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The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.

Hear an NPR report from the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta. 

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