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.

There Are Alternatives to PA4 ...

... But the unions will like them even less. … more

Union Workers Would be Better Off With a 401(k)

Statistics show union pensions are in poor shape. … more

An Answer to the MEA's Lawsuit

Expand the union dues collection ban. … more

You Had to Figure This Would Happen...

MEA lawyers blocking labor law reforms. … more

The Alliance for Retired Americans

Senior citizen lobbying group gets SEIU money. … more

The Economic Opportunity Institute

A progressive think tank getting SEIU money. … more

Kos Media

Publishers of "Daily Kos" get SEIU money. … more

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute

SEIU and the legislative career of Sen. Ted Kennedy. … more

Jobs with Justice

A national network of local coalitions ... getting SEIU money. … more

The Center for American Progress Action Fund

Political advocacy, among "other" things, with SEIU money. … more

Americans United for Change

SEIU gives advocacy group $300,000. … more

Benenson Strategy Group

A DC public relations firm with a strong partisan tilt. … more

Colorado WINS

More state government worker politics from the SEIU. … more

Self-Centered and Reckless

What "Protect Our Jobs" wants to do to Michigan. … more

America Votes

An SEIU "partner" and "consultant." … more

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

"Capacity-building" through ballot initiatives, and SEIU cash. … more

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

A political amoeba. … more

E-petition site was recipient of SEIU cash. … more

Do We Let Unions Bankrupt Governments?

What the fight over Public Act 4 is all about. … more

The Atlas Project

SEIU beneficiary "putting progressives on the path to victory." … more

The Brave New Foundation

Leftist media outlet took in $250,000 from SEIU. … more

The Applied Research Center

SEIU "dues" funding activist consultant. … more

‘Change that Works’

$4 million SEIU project was unabashedly political. … more

The Clean Economy Development Center

Clearinghouse for "green energy" boondoggles was recipient of $100,000 in SEIU cash. First of a series. … more

Dividing Ourselves From All That

AFL-CIO Op-Ed is wishful thinking and hysteria all in one. … more

Center Expert Cited on UAW Politics

Proof that Michigan employees need right-to-work protection. … more

Pete Hoekstra Ad Misses the Mark

Washington, not China, to blame for national debt. … more

Right to Work: Right for Oregon, Right for Michigan

More jobs, faster growing incomes, all that good stuff. … more

It's Official: Indiana Is a Right-to-Work State

Congratulations are in order for our neighbors to the south. … more


For the umpteenth time: No, wages won't collapse. … more

Workers Are Wonderful, But Where's the Union?

The AFL-CIO's new ad campaign … more

Trust Us, We Won

Why are contract ratification vote totals such a big secret? … more

'It Really Is Up to the Companies'

The UAW's new strategy. … more

Get a Receipt

School districts shouldn't collect union dues. … more

Big PAC Attack

Union PACs should raise their own money. … more

That's Not How We Roll

Union leader reveals jarring admiration for authoritarianism. … more

Two Big Developments at the NLRB

We've got good news and bad news. … more

About That Evil Scheme We're Supposed to Have

Center analysts have long questioned the high cost and corruptive influence of government union collective bargaining. … more

Why the Hurry?

NLRB in rush to change union election rules. … more

Layoffs at the UAW

"You really don't expect that from a union employer." … more

Their Time Is Your Money

Unionized government "leave time" costing taxpayers. … more

Too Loose for Comfort

The feds' new union reporting standards are hard to justify. … more

Hide Your Kids! Hide Your Wife!

The truth about Flint crime and the jobs bill. … more

The Occupiers vs. Detroit's Recovery

The results might be different if people tried a different approach. … more

Initial 'Right-to-Teach' Bill Has Problems

Singling out the MEA may even let the union escape.  … more

Occam's Razor and Right-to-Work

EPI paper hides benefits of RTW with rationalizations. … more

Freedom to Teach

Ending forced union dues for teachers: a good idea that should be taken further. … more

Take Who Out?

Jimmy Hoffa's revealing choice of an enemy. … more

Lamons Law

NLRB ruling benefits unions and undermines workers' rights. … more

Unionized Government Gets Poor Reviews

Local officials believe government employee unions are more a liability than an asset. … more

CMU Strike: Standing Firm Is Not Bad Faith

Does PERA create unrealistic expectations? … more

They Can Be Taught!

The Legislature learns from its mistakes, heads off the union veto on tenure reform. … more

A Larger Perspective on Unions

Contrasting the oppression that unions face in Iran with the privileged position they have in the United States. … more

Michigan Freedom to Work Kicks Off

A new civil rights campaign is launched in Michigan. … more

PLAs: Some Good News for Taxpayers

No more directing government construction work to union companies. … more

Just Shut It

The Obama administration moves to silence employers. … more

Introducing the New Labor Movement

"Union Conservatives" enter the fray. … more

Are You Kinda Republican, Really Republican or Really, Really Republican?

The SEIU's in-depth survey. … more

'The Single Most Important Thing'

Stephen Moore on RTW in Michigan … more

And Now for Something Completely Different

Tennessee tries a new approach to teacher unions: “collaborative conferencing.” … more

A Little Graft Can Do A Lot of Damage

The real price tag of Carpenters union corruption. … more

Strike Back Harder

The Michigan Legislature can put an end to teacher strikes if it really wants to. … more

Careful There, Bob

Can the UAW benefit from Japan's problems? … more

A New Right-to-Work State?

New Hampshire could become the 23rd right-to-work state. … more

Poached Goose Eggs

Public policy has largely become an exercise in cleaning up the messes that the unions have made. … more

Massachusetts House Passes Labor Law Reform

A new bill would take health care off the bargaining table smorgasbord. … more

Acts of God

Don't like the emergency financial manager law? There's an alternative: Rein in government employee unions. … more

Another Way to Deal With Illegal Strikes

Illegal strikes represent the ultimate abuse, and the ultimate failure, of collective bargaining in government. The Legislature should not flinch from taking privileges away from unions that abuse them. … more

Union Corruption — The Latest from DOL

The latest news on the union corruption front. … more

On (Recent Events in) Wisconsin

It was always hard to imagine how this could end well for Wisconsin’s public-sector labor unions. … more

Bigger Fish to Fry

The frustration over the Civil Service Commission’s recent actions is entirely understandable and healthy. But the real opportunities for the state to save money are elsewhere. It’s a measure of the depth of Michigan’s spending problem that the CSC is far from the biggest challenge confronting lawmakers and taxpayers. … more

With My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind

The Child Care Providers Together Michigan union, imposed on home-based child-care providers who run their own businesses from their homes, really accomplished little except to serve as a conduit through which state funds were redirected to a union. … more

Time to Repeal Public Act 312

At a time when governments are struggling to balance their budgets, it is essential that the public have maximum control over spending decisions. The choices that have to be made are not the sort that should be made by unaccountable arbitrators. The time has come for repeal of PA 312. … more

Madness in Mad-Town

As unions in Wisconsin arrange sick-outs and their defenders in the Legislature flee the state, their reaction only buttresses the case for bringing an end to public-sector bargaining. After all, there is seldom much point in arguing with fanatics. Is bargaining with them likely to work any better? … more

This Should Be an Easy Call

At a time where difficult budgeting choices are being made all throughout the state, it would seem that opening up construction to all contractors, not just union shops, should be a pretty easy call to make. … more

The Latest in Union Crime in Michigan

There are a wide range of problems that stem from our unaccountable union culture, and radical union politics and job losses from unsustainable union demands may get the most attention. But plain old theft, sometimes petty, sometimes in the six-figure range, is a very real problem too. Union officials are not above temptation, and Michiganders would do well to keep that in mind. … more

A Reform Movement Is Born

Legislative interest in reining in government unions is a welcome development, but it will be up to the voters of Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan to make sure their elected officials follow through. … more

The Case for Item Pricing Repeal

A friend of mine who works at a Kroger in metro Detroit passed along his thoughts on the "Item Pricing" law, and I figure they're worth sharing: … more

The Bottom Falls Out

During 2010, unions lost 83,000 members in Michigan, a decline in membership of 11.7 percent. … more

Ballot Bluff

Secret-ballot votes aren't an "acceptable" method for workers to determine whether or not to unionize — they're a clearly superior method. The higher the stakes, the dirtier the campaign, the more valuable the secret ballot becomes. The UAW should simply accept that and move on. … more

March Madness?

Gov. Snyder in his State of the State speech gave us no idea what his goal is for employee benefits or how to reach it. If there's one thing a manager should know, it's that if you fail to set a target you're guaranteed not to hit it. Let's hope he sets it in March. Preferably early March. … more

Advice for Gov. Snyder

Forced to make a snap decision with little guidance, a legislator could do a lot worse than to find out what proposal government union officials object to the most and vote for that. … more

Burn Notice

The union establishment's position of influence and privilege is liable to become more and more precarious unless they can re-establish themselves in the private-sector workforce — which may be why a labor board appointed by an administration that benefited mightily from union support is going to great lengths to help unions out in any way they can. … more

The Return of the Company Union

A weakened union that is overly compliant with the company's priorities is what used to be known as a "company union," and unionists used to treat them with suspicion if not contempt. But that was when the union movement was a genuine worker movement. … more

All The Cool Guvs Are Doing It

Rick Snyder has yet to tackle collective bargaining directly, but he has taken a pretty firm line on government employee benefits something that’s bound to make union officials in Michigan uncomfortable. … more

Two Governors

Leaders of our fellow upper-Midwestern states are starting to zero-in on government employee unions. It will be interesting to see if Michigan's incoming governor takes a stand on this issue. … more

Exactly What Unions Are Expected to Do

Government employees have every right to lobby and hire lawyers, but the public is not obligated to give in to their wishes or pay for those lobbyists and lawyers. … more

Right-to-Work: Resistance Is Feudal

The notion of "fundamental privileges" that government cannot withdraw without causing some sort of "disruption" is antithetical to republican government, though it would fit well in a feudal society, with its complex web of privileges and obligations that tied individuals to their stations in life. … more

How to Swipe $200K From Your Union

A UAW Local's bookkeeper cut herself an extra paycheck every week for four years. It would seem union financial reporting standards could afford some tightening up. … more

Governor's Picks for the Civil Service Commission Will Matter

Snyder has promised “customer oriented” government. If he wants to influence how state employees do their work on a “retail” level, or address state employee compensation, he will need to pay attention to this panel, be patient and put serious thought into his CSC appointments when they come up. … more

Mike Barone Gets It

Government employee unions have morphed into a permanent, taxpayer-funded lobby for big government. Any movement, like the Tea Parties, that wants to reduce the scope of government will need to confront and defeat government employee unions — and if they are to have any lasting success, it will be essential that government employee unions lose taxpayer funding. … more

Go for the Movie, Stay for the Audience Reaction

Well-meaning progressives may hope that the teachers unions will embrace reforms at some point, but by now they should realize that the chances of that happening are infinitesimal. Failing that, they face a stark choice between allowing public schools to continue to fail, or confronting a teachers’ union movement that is both one of their most important creations and most generous political benefactors. Davis Guggenheim has shined a light on the progressives’ predicament. It will be interesting to see how they handle it. … more

Pocket Full of Kryptonite

The problem isn’t individual teachers, it’s a larger system that protects mediocrity and incompetence, and elevates political correctness over the fundamentals of reading, writing, math, science and history. And teachers unions like MEA have been both the strongest defenders and the largest beneficiaries of this system. … more

A Little Good News for Kids and Taxpayers

Taxpayers and students won a small but potentially very important victory Friday when administrative law Judge David M. Peltz found that the Legislature did not give unions the authority to sidetrack privatization of non-instructional services by school districts. … more

Reconsidering Worker Rights

Federal labor law isn’t supposed to provide for workers to be unionized after the company makes an agreement with a union. Union representation is supposed to be the workers' own choice. … more

Ain't No Party Like a Chrysler Party

Last night, Channel 2 News in Detroit busted a group of about half a dozen workers at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant drinking and smoking pot during their lunch break. Do we really need TV cameras to prevent UAW workers from getting buzzed on their lunch breaks? … more

Storm Front

If anyone in Lansing is serious about helping Detroit, this would be a good time for a bill that would suspend collective bargaining for government employees in the city, so that Detroit's leadership can make the tough choices and make the most of the resources it has. … more

Grand Rapids Press Recognizes Importance of Right-to-Work in Michigan's Future

Last Sunday, The Grand Rapids Press released a new study on the likely effects of a right-to-work law on Michigan’s economy as part of its ongoing “Michigan 10.0” series. … more

Studying Right to Work

A new poll shows 51 percent of likely voters in Michigan support right-to-work. … more

It Would Be a Living...

New non-union auto jobs in right-to-work Mississippi pay $15 an hour and even in a tough economy they are relatively easy to find. … more