Language That Would Penalize Entites Who Already Approved Union Agreements Not in 2014 Budget
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives has deleted language from next year’s proposed budget that would have financially penalized school districts, universities, community colleges and local governments if they approved union labor agreements before the Right to Work law took effect.
Wayne State University, among others had reached such agreements, angering several Republican legislators, however House Republican Joe Haveman of Holland said Tuesday that the budget would not include the punitive language in the budget, because despite all of the attention the issue received in the press, very few public bodies actually went through with rumored plans.
Some school districts and community colleges along with downstate Washtenaw County did approve contracts ahead of the deadline, effectively delaying the Right to Work law for those entities.
The law took effect March 28. The penalties had been opposed by Governor Snyder.
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