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Michigan Supreme Court Won’t Rule Early On Right-To-Work

The State Supreme Court said today it won’t rule early on the constitutionality of Michigan’s new right-to-work law.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, Governor Rick Snyder had asked the court to decide the issue before the case made its way through lower courts.

The Michigan Supreme Court decided unanimously to deny the governor’s request. In a short, two paragraph ruling, the court said it would not be “an appropriate exercise of the Court’s discretion.”

Under the law, workers cannot be forced to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. Governor Snyder especially wanted the court to decide whether that applies to state employees. Their collective bargaining contracts expire at the end of the year.

The governor’s office says it respects the court’s decision. It says it’s confident the constitutionality of right-to-work will be upheld in lower courts.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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