Appeals court: Right-to-work law applies to state employees

August 15, 2013

In a ruling today by the state Court of Appeals, Michigan’s right-to-work law does apply to state employees.

According to the Detroit News:

“In a 2-1 decision, the appellate court said the state Legislature had the constitutional authority to set conditions of employment for state workers when it made financial support of a labor union optional.

“State government unions challenged the constitutionality of the law, arguing only the Michigan Civil Service Commission could set terms and conditions of employment.

“The Court of Appeals majority opinion ruled the public-sector worker right-to-work law was a “proper exercise of the Legislature’s constitutional authority” to set conditions of employment for state workers.”

“This is a win for worker freedom,” said Americans for Prosperity-Michigan’s State Director Scott Hagerstrom, Michigan’s largest limited government grassroots organization. “Workers regardless of their employer should have the freedom to associate, or not, with a third party (union).”

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