right to work

6:37 am
Thu March 28, 2013

"Right to Work" takes effect in Michigan

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Even supporters say it may be a while before the law's effects are fully felt. Among other things, existing union contracts that include mandatory dues remain in effect until they expire.
One of the most hard-fought changes in Michigan history -- right-to-work legislation -- takes effect today, but its effects are largely unknown and not expected to be immediate. In neighboring Indiana, the impact is only beginning to be felt one year after a similar law took effect, in March 2012.
3:07 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mattawan teacher union dues agreement in limbo

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While most teacher contracts in southwest Michigan run out this year, the contract for teachers in the Kalamazoo Public Schools doesn't expire until 2015.
MATTAWAN, MI -- Officials at Mattawan Consolidated Schools are backing off a tentative agreement with the Mattawan Education Association to mandate union dues for teachers through June 2016. Mattawan teachers already had approved an agreement to maintain so-called "agency-shop" status for the MEA, and needed the school board's approval of the pact before Michigan's new right-to-work law takes effect this Thursday.
6:32 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Wayne State approves eight-year faculty contract despite funding threat

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Republican lawmakers have threatened to cut university funding over what they see as effort to circumvent "right to work" law
The Wayne State University Board of Governors didn't blink Wednesday in the face of threats from the Legislature to slash the school's state funding, as it passed an eight-year labor contract with its faculty on a straight party-line vote.
6:37 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wayne State, University of Michigan could lose funding over "right to work"

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Republican lawmakers trying to stop what they call end run around Michigan's new law that bars mandatory collection of union dues
More than $27 million and possibly several hundred jobs and higher tuition costs could hang on a vote this afternoon by the Wayne State University Board of Governors. If the Democrat-controlled board approves an eight-year labor contract it negotiated with the faculty union, it will set up a showdown with the Republican-controlled Legislature over the state's new right-to-work law.
WMU part-time instructors
12:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

WMU Trustees schedule vote on contract with part-time instructors

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Western Michigan University trustees have called a special meeting for next week to consider a new three year contact with the union representing the university's part-time instructors. 

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