For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Contact: Paul Kersey
Director of Labor Policy
989-631-0900

MIDLAND — The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today released a new policy study titled, “Leveling the Playing Field: What Michigan Public School Academy Leaders Need to Know About Union Organizing.” The study, written in partnership with the Atlantic Legal Foundation and the Jackson Lewis LLP law firm, gives an overview of labor law and practice with special attention paid to how they affect charter schools. The book also contains basic advice on how to maintain good relations between administrators and staff.

“There are 230 charter schools in Michigan, and these schools are showing the way forward for our struggling public education system” said Mackinac Center Labor Policy Director Paul Kersey. “Union or nonunion, we want to make sure that leaders at these schools have the knowledge to remain innovative and serve students well.”

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