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Supreme Court hears state workers' challenge to RTW

Jan 18, 2015

This week, the Michigan Supreme Court heard the first arguments challenging right-to-work since the law went into effect in 2013.

The Court will decide whether the law applies to 35,000 state workers. The lawsuit was brought by the United Auto Workers and claims that the law violates the constitutional autonomy of Michigan's Civil Service Commission. That body negotiates compensation and conditions of employment for state workers.

The state is arguing that the Legislature-not the Commission-has power over the conditions of employment for state workers. Previously, the Michigan Court of Appeals sided with the state. Only the Michigan State Police and firefighters are currently exempt from the law.