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Unions get creative to dodge Right to Work law

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The state of Michigan became the latest Right to Work state in December, thereby prohibiting employers from using union membership as a prerequisite for employment. Labor unions were opposed to the move as many workers would opt out of their memberships, and now, Michigan's Mackinac Center is exposing some of the ways the unions are trying to hold onto their memberships despite the new law.

In Taylor, three public school teachers have joined the Mackinac Center in suing the school and the union that represents them. The school district reportedly signed a 10-year "union security agreement" with the Taylor Federation of Teachers union that forces teachers to pay dues to the union for the next decade or be fired.

Special education teacher Angela Steffke, special education teacher Nancy Rhatigan and English teacher Rebecca Metz are being represented by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation in a suit that argues the agreement prevents union members from exercising their new rights under the recently passed right-to-work law.

"This is clearly an attemp to circumvent the law, and it's just bad policy," says Derk Wilcox, senior attorney for the Legal Foundation.

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