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February 13 2013

Judge Dismisses Suit Challenging Michigan Right-to-Work Law

By: Nathaniel R. Wolf

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina rejected the lawsuit filed by union activist Robert Davis challenging the Michigan Right-to-Work law.  The lawsuit sought an immediate injunction against the enforcement of the law.  The Court denied the request on procedural grounds, concluding that the case should have been filed directly with the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Barring any reversal of this decision, the right-to-work law takes effect in late March and makes it illegal to require an employee to provide support to a union as a condition of employment.  In a proactive move, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has asked the state Supreme Court to rule on the law’s validity.

If you have any questions about how or whether the law applies to your business, please contact Nathaniel Wolf at 616-632-8046.