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.  

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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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