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Appeal Headed To Mich. Supreme Court For Right To Work

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - There is now an appeal headed to the state Supreme Court filed by five different labor unions in Michigan. They're questioning whether the Right to Work law passed in December is constitutional.

 

 

From day one, the passage of Right to Work in Michigan has been controversial to say the least.

 

"It's time for the union bosses to get over it, move on--stop the frivolous lawsuits," said Rich Studley, the CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

 

Studley, agrees with a recent court decision affirming RTW is constitutional. Michigan's unions don't see it that way. Now, attorneys representing those unions, have filed paperwork here at the state supreme court challenging that ruling.

 

"WEe think that court of appeals decision has it exactly backwards," said Studley.

Attorney Brandon Zuk says Michigan's constitution empowers a panel called the Civil Service Commission, appointed specifically to regulate terms and conditions of employment for state employees.

He says they, not the legislature, have the authority to implement RTW. So even if it's legal in other states, it isn't here.

"Michigan is truly unique in that it established a Constitutional Civil Service Commission outside the control of the legislature," Zuk.

 

But Studley says union reps are essentially picking and choosing which state laws apply to them. "You can't have state employee union members protected for unemployment and workers compensation and then turn around and say the laws that you don't like don't apply because of the civil service commission."

Studley says the unions' appeal is a waste of taxpayer money and time.

 

Officials at the state's attorney general's office say they're confident the Supreme Court will agree with the lower courts and find the right to work law Constitutional.

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