News Release

Michigan Appeals Court Upholds Right to Work Law: "A Win for Worker Freedom"

Roughly 33,000 Michigan state employees will soon have free choice regarding union membership and dues payment

Lansing, MI (August 16, 2013) – Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the state's recently-enacted Right to Work law as constitutional and ruled that it will apply to the state’s roughly 33,000 state civil service workers.

Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work, issue the following statement in the wake of the ruling:

"Michigan's new Right to Work law is a win for worker freedom, and the constitutionality of state Right to Work laws has long been a settled question.

"Regardless, Michigan government union bosses wasted taxpayer dollars and workers' dues money tilting at windmills in hopes of rolling back any check on their forced dues powers.

"We're happy the court rejected their frivolous arguments and ensured that tens of thousands of Michigan's civil servants will continue to have the choice to labor free from union coercion."

Michigan's Right to Work laws will apply to state civil service workers beginning January 1, 2014, when the state contracts covering those employees entered into before the Right to Work law was enacted will have expired.

Michigan is the nation's 24th Right to Work state. Public polling shows that nearly 80 percent of Americans and union members support the Right to Work principle of voluntary unionism.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, is assisting thousands of employees in over 200 cases nationwide.

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