Unions take RTW to state’s highest court


The Michigan Supreme Court.

State employee unions have filed an appeal request to the Michigan Supreme Court asking the Court to take up last month’s ruling that Right to Work applies to state workers.

The unions, which include MCO, argue the Civil Service Commission has authority over state workers, and the legislature overstepped its bounds when it passed RTW last year. The unions challenged RTW at the Michigan Court of Appeals but lost. Now the unions are asking the Supreme Court to examine the case.

Below is a press release issued by the Coalition of State Employee Unions:

State employee unions take right-to-work case to Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich. — State employee unions filed papers today asking the Michigan Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals opinion that state employees are governed by the right-to-work law, which was passed by the legislature last December.

The Court of Appeals ruled on Aug. 15 that right-to-work includes state employees, but the Michigan Constitution states the Civil Service Commission has authority over state workers.

“The Civil Service Commission in Michigan provides much needed protections for state workers by ensuring they are not unfairly impacted by the political whims of the legislature and the governor. We believe that the bi-partisan Commission — not conservative ideologues in the House or Senate — has sole authority under our state constitution to decide whether state employees are exempt from the so-called right to-work law,” said Mel Grieshaber, executive director of the Michigan Corrections Organization. “We hope the Supreme Court will act swiftly to take up the case and bring resolution that is consistent with the Michigan constitution.”


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