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Robert P. Hunter

Senior Fellow in Labor Policy

Robert P. Hunter served as the regional director of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Washington, D.C., and is the senior fellow in labor policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Hunter was director of labor policy for the Mackinac Center from 1996 to 2003.

For the Mackinac Center, Hunter researches critical employment issues and educates key Michigan audiences including elected officials, policymakers, labor and business executives, and opinion leaders.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Hunter to the National Labor Relations Board in 1981, where he adjudicated more than 3000 labor law cases. He served as Chief Counsel to the U. S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources in 1981. He also served as the chief legislative staffer for U. S. Senators Robert Taft Jr. and Orrin Hatch.

In December 1996, Hunter was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Civil Service Commission, which has plenary constitutional authority to create and operate the state employment system.

Hunter has authored numerous articles for prestigious publications such as Michigan's Wayne Law Review, and has prepared and delivered over 200 speeches and lectures to national audiences on vital labor issues.

Hunter is a former faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Business School and has served as labor policy advisor to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management, and other organizations.

Throughout a decade of private practice with a major international law firm, Hunter has helped hundreds of clients implement positive alternative strategies to resolve labor issues.

Hunter is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court and belongs to several state bar associations. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and he holds a master of laws degree in labor law from the New York University School of Law.

Union Agreement Threatens West Michigan

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Michigan Voters Support Labor Reforms

Poll shows majorities favor new union disclosure rules, paycheck protection law … more

Michigan Workers Are Ready for Right-to-Work

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Pushing the Right Buttons

A bill introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood would address "push-button unionism" and other defects of federal labor law. … more

Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts, State Should Save $110 Million by Repealing Prevailing Wage Law, Analyst Says

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Bill Would Require Public-Sector Unions to Disclose Finances

A bill in the Michigan House of Representatives would require the state's public-sector unions to disclose their finances to the same degree of detail as publicly held corporations. The result would be stronger unions with less waste and a renewed focus on the workplace concerns of union members. … more

Of Bush and Beck

President Bush will have an excellent opportunity in the coming months to revive the drive to enforce the Supreme Court's Beck ruling, the decision that affirmed workers' right to opt out of financially supporting union politicking. … more

NLRB Nominations: No Joy for Beck Rights

Unless the Bush administration reassesses NLRB appointments with respect to Beck rights, worker political freedom will remain in the deep freeze for the forseeable future. … more

Michigan's Civil Service Rules are Amenable to Outsourcing

Contrary to what one might expect, the laws of the state of Michigan are surprisingly fair and even-handed when it comes to contracting out public services to private contractors. … more