Revamping or eliminating Michigan's law that covers public-sector union employees could help the city of Detroit avoid bankruptcy, according to an Op-Ed by Paul Kersey in today's Detroit News.
Kersey, director of labor policy, recently released a study detailing the consequences of Michigan's Public Employee Relations Act showing that the incentives created by the law favor tax hikes over spending cuts and places collective bargaining over local ordinances and the power of elected officials.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's lawsuit against the state of Michigan, Loar v. Department of Human Services, was recently mentioned in the Petoskey News-Review and on WEYI-TV25. The MCLF filed the suit in September to stop the DHS from taking union dues out of subsidy checks that home-based day care operators receive. The checks are meant to help low-income families afford child care while parents work or attend school. The state asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to dismiss the case based on procedure, rather than principle, MCLF Director Patrick Wright said.