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Michigan senate to probe unions' right-to-work obstruction

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Michigan State Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof announced Nov. 7 creation of a new legislative committee to investigate allegations of union obstructionism against the state's new right-to-work law.

The law prohibits requiring employees to join unions or pay dues to one as a condition of employment. Michigan unions are still finding ways to make it extremely difficult for workers to take advantage of the law.

At least eight teachers are suing the Michigan Education Association over its drop-out process, which only allows workers to opt-out one month out of the year, among other conditions.

Meekhof said the new Michigan Senate Compliance and Accountability Committee was created to "examine the implementation and application" of state laws. MEA's actions are first on its list.

He said: "Allowing tactics like those being employed by the MEA to stand sends the wrong message to Michigan workers.

"It sends the wrong message to Michigan job providers. It sends the wrong message to workers or businesses looking to locate in Michigan."

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Sean Higgins

Senior Writer
The Washington Examiner