Paul Kersey is director of labor policy at the Illinois Policy Institute and served as director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy from September 2007 to May 2012.

Kersey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In 1993, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.

After practicing law in Livonia, Mich., for several years, Kersey served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Committee. He then spent three years at the National Right to Work Committee as director of state legislation. In that role, he analyzed and responded to labor legislation in all 50 states.

The Horror of It All

The U.S. House of Representatives has just posted on the Internet its health care overhaul bill, HR 3962, “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, etc.” All 1990 impenetrable pages of it.  But this bill isn’t just longer than a Stephen King novel, it’s also scarier, because aside from the title, this tome is all nonfiction. Bill+Books … more

Local Right-to-Work

A carefully written “local option” law passed by the state legislature could work. … more

Leaving Some Key Facts Behind

Governor Granholm and certain quarters of the state media have been very excited by a recent report from the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth extolling the success of the No Worker Left Behind Program, but the report leaves a lot of questions unanswered. … more

This Should Get Their Attention

The City of Detroit has stopped collecting dues on behalf of 16 unions that have yet to reach new agreements with the city of Detroit.  This is a provocative but much-needed step that serves to discipline city employee unions. … more

Foul Ball

Some advice for the Detroit Tigers on the ticket tax: if you're going to oppose one proposed tax increase, you may as well oppose them all. … more

Pushing on a String

Yesterday, the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth announced that its “No Worker Left Behind” program had achieved its goal of enrolling 100,000 participants almost a year early ... This is good news if you don’t think about it too much.  On closer inspection though it looks more like the state is pushing on a string. … more

Bing's Gambit

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing may succeed in pushing city unions into accepting concessions this time, but ordinarily state labor law would give the unions the upper hand. … more

Is MSU Hyping Project Labor Agreements?

Project Labor Agreements are at best an unnecessary headache for both government and contractors. At worst they are another payoff for uncompetitive unionized construction. … more

Paul Kersey Discusses PERA

Detroit’s Schools Are Going Bankrupt, Too

The EFCA Rodeo

Detroit’s Schools Are Going Bankrupt, Too

Right-to-Work States Outpacing Michigan

A First Step

Chrysler’s Bailout Will Backfire

The Eternal Struggle

State House Endorses Demise of Workplace Secret Ballot

Mackinac Center Releases Labor Law Guide for Charter Schools

Dragging ‘Em Down to Our Level

Frugality Put in the Pokey

Tough Choices Ahead for Workers

Make Unions Accountable for Illegal Strikes

Will We Move Forward or Backward on Union Transparency?

Can The UAW Be Taken Seriously?

Tough Choices Ahead for Workers

Frugality Put in the Pokey

Internal union disputes need better governance

Do Unions Really Need the Money?

But even with this very generous definition of what constitutes a representation expense, our review of union financial reports reveals that a typical union local in Michigan spends little more than half of its money on representing its members. … more

Amending the State Constitution for Partisan Advantage?

To the extent that this document is what it appears to be, it leaves little doubt that the Reform Michigan Government Now ballot initiative is a partisan power play. … more

An Intern’s Service to Michigan

What a Right-to-Work Law Would Mean for Cities

My Union Dues Paid For That?

Because unionized workers in Michigan generally cannot withhold their dues without putting their jobs at risk, those employees and their dues are particularly vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. … more

Requiem for a Union Local

Right-to-Work Mythbusters

Restoring Balance to Labor Law

NLRB Takes a Stand for Worker Freedom

Sweet Home Alabama

If the trend of the last five years holds, a majority of right-to-work states will have higher per capita disposable incomes than Michigan by 2010, at which point Michigan will be the real right-to-work-for-less state. … more

Prevailing Wage Memorandum

Will Michigan Be “The Victors” Again?

The Economic Effects of Right-to-Work Laws: 2007

Many states have given workers complete discretion to decline membership in, and financial support of, a union that they individually oppose. Enacting a right-to-work law abolishes agency fees and allows workers themselves to decide if a union deserves their financial support. … more

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

Michigan’s prevailing wage law adds unnecessary costs to construction projects at taxpayers’ expense. … more

Michigan Unions — Strong or Bloated?

Right-to-Work FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Right-to-Work … more

The Union Movement Goes Wobbly

Stuck in Reverse

Money Well Spent?

When government employees are involved, there is a case to be made that agency fee is something that ends up costing taxpayers. … more

Wrestling with Reality

Tough Love for Labor Unions

The Arbitration Gamble

Union Sticks and Stones

The Incredible Shrinking Labor Movement

The Minimum Wage Is Hardest on the Poor

The Economic Effects of the Minimum Wage

MESSA: Keeping school districts from saving money on health care

Let Cintas Workers Make Up Their Own Minds

There is no need to pressure Cintas into a neutrality or card-check agreement. When a majority of Cintas workers are convinced they want a union, they will vote to have one. … more

Why School Districts Can’t Save on Health Care

The MEA and MESSA have set up an obstacle course that prevents public schools from introducing competition for teachers’ health care coverage or putting reasonable limits on the extent of care. … more

Federal Labor Law Aggravates NMH Strike

The Time Is Right for a Right-To-Work Law

A Bit More Light on Union Finances

Signs of Wisdom at UAW

A Hard Pill for UAW Members to Swallow

Gettelfinger no longer can shield UAW members from competitive pressure. Instead, the UAW must prepare domestic autoworkers for competition. … more

Budget Balancing Endgame

Ripe for Reform: Binding Arbitration

A Hard Pill for UAW Members to Swallow


Cool It With the Committee on “Cool”

Michigan Unions Continue to Lose Support among Workers

Labor unions should abandon the old, outmoded adversarial model of labor relations and instead study ways they can create a better atmosphere; in which labor and management cooperatively solve problems in ways that promote free enterprise. … more

A Way to Ease the Pain of Budget Cuts

By what standard of social justice does the state inflate the wages of workers who would most likely be earning above-average wages without government intervention? … more

Testimony on H.B. 4160

Department of Labor Proposes New Union Financial Reporting Rules

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Proposal 3 would impose a slow, expensive labor negotiation process on the state of Michigan, while uprooting a civil service system that has worked well for both the state and its employees. … more

Proposal 3: Establishing a Constitutional Requirement Extending Mandatory Collective Bargaining and Binding Arbitration to State Government Employees

On Nov. 5, 2002, Michigan voters will consider Proposal 02-03 ("Proposal 3"), an amendment to the state constitution that, if passed, would fundamentally alter the relationship between the State of Michigan and its employees. … more