Lawmakers Still Fighting RTW Law in Lansing

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The controversy over the yet-to-take effect “right to work” law continues in Lansing.

When lawmakers late last year approved the bill, which prohibits requiring workers to pay fees to unions in Michigan, they did not get “immediate effect” on the bill, meaning that it could not become law until the end of March. As a result, some teachers and university faculty unions are pushing for new extension agreements to be reached before that date, agreements which continue to require union dues or fees to be paid by workers.

This has irked legislators in Lansing who oppose the mandated fees, and some are threatening to limit state aid to those institutions which agree to such terms with workers. And next week, a State House Committee has invited Wayne State University to explain their effort to reach approval on an eight year deal that effectively includes the union fee mandate.

The Taylor district, which approved a similar deal earlier, was invited to speak before the committee last week but was a no-show. State House Republican Al Pscholka of Stevensville calls such long-term extensions a “slap in the face” to parents and students.”

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