right to work

4:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

State House to decide universities, school districts penalties

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School districts and universities that approved union contracts just before the Right-to-Work laws went into effect may off the hook. The Lansing State Journal reports penalties, like 15 percent cuts for universities, will not be in the state Senate budget. Western Michigan University was just one of the many public universities that approved new contracts before March 21st. Gongwer News Service reports the House Appropriations Committee will consider putting the penalties in their budget bill tomorrow.
LANSING - Penalties for colleges, universities, school districts and communities that approved union contracts in the weeks leading up to right-to-work laws taking effect will not be included in the state Senate versions of those budgets.
4:20 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Poll: Right to Work doesn't affect Snyder's popularity

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The survey found little change in the governor's public approval rating which has hovered around 35 percent.
LANSING - Support for Gov. Rick Snyder remains well below 50% but was not significantly affected by the controversy over right-to-work legislation he signed into law in December, according to a new survey from Michigan State University.
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12:53 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Judge says "Right to Work" lawsuit can continue

Protesters demonstrate against "Right to Work" (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

A judge in Lansing says a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s “right to work” law can go ahead. The Gongwer News Service says Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette issued the ruling Wednesday.

The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other “right to work” opponents says lawmakers broke the state’s Open Meetings Act when the legislature passed the law in December. That’s because the Republican majority temporarily closed the Capitol Building to people protesting the bill.

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11:03 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Poll: Michiganders divided on "right to work" law

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The poll finds that the number of people who believe it will help is roughly equal to the number who say it will hurt the economy.
East Lansing - Michigan became the nation's 24th right-to-work state Thursday, but its residents remain deeply divided over whether the law will help or hinder the economy, according to a Michigan State University survey released Thursday.
10:58 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Snyder moves forward on "right to work"

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The head of the Michigan Nurses Association says, "The People will outlast the law", as union leaders vow to continue fighting "right to work".
Gov. Rick Snyder called for "a chance to move forward" Thursday as union officials held a series of protests in Metro Detroit and Lansing as the traditional labor stronghold became the nation's 24th right-to-work state. Republicans and conservative supporters said giving employees the legal right not to pay dues to unions for collectively bargained wages and benefits would strengthen unions and benefit workers.