Right to work advances in Michigan …
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2012 accomplished the seemingly impossible task of turning Michigan, a longtime stronghold for unionized labor, into a right-to-work state.
However, in anticipation of the new law, which goes into effect on March 28, 2013, one union has approved of a deal that locks its members into paying dues well after they have a choice in the matter.
“Three Taylor Public School teachers … sued the union that represents them, the school board and the school administration over an agreement that forces them to pay dues or fees to the union for 10 years or be fired for not doing so,” Michigan Capitol Confidential reports.
Angela Steffke, Rebecca Metz, and Nancy Rhatigan allege that they were misled when the Taylor Federation of Teachers Local 1085 passed and the school district approved of a deal ahead of the right-to-work law that forces them to pay dues for another decade.
But with the help of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, the three are fighting get out of the 10-year “union security agreement” that expires in 2023.
“The decade-long extended payment requirement is outside the five-year contract the school board and union reached, which is a violation of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act,” said Derk Wilcox, senior attorney for the Legal Foundation.
He notes that it’s illegal to have two separate contracts with separate expiration dates running at the same time.
Democrats will not be denied their union dues.