MCLF Lawsuit Draws Massive Media Attention

Dearborn union sued by employees over worker freedom rights

A Mackinac Center Legal Foundation lawsuit on behalf of four city of Dearborn workers against Teamsters Local 214 is generating a large amount of state and national media coverage, including The Detroit News, MLive, Lansing State Journal, Macomb Daily, TV9&10 in Cadillac, the Cadillac News, WJRT-TV12 in Flint, WNEM-TV5 in Saginaw, FOX32 in Traverse City, the (Owosso) Argus-Press, Midland Daily News, Port Huron Times-Herald, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the Charlotte Observer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Albany Times Union in New York, WTOL and WTVG in Toledo, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald, the Enquirer-Herald in York, S.C., The State in Columbia, S.C., FOX28 in South Bend, Ind., the Daily Reporter in Greenfield, Ind., WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, the Times-Post in Pendleton, Ind., the Ventura County Star in Camarillo, Calif., The Tribune in San Louis Obispo, Calif., and the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph.  

Senior Attorney Derk Wilcox also discussed the case on "The Frank Beckmann Show" on WJR AM760.

The employees are suing the local over a new union policy that would charge workers who exercise their worker freedom rights $150 to file a grievance. Michigan’s right-to-work law says that employees do not have to financially support a union as a condition of employment.

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