About the Authors

Mark L. Fischer is an attorney in private practice and a former labor policy research assistant with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. While at the Center, Fischer analyzed legislation, court decisions, and administrative rulings that affect the rights and responsibilities of Michigan employees, including the state's almost one million union workers. He also worked with many unionized employees to help them exercise their rights, and his Mackinac Center Viewpoints on labor law were widely reprinted throughout the state.

Fischer is a member of the state bar of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. He also holds a master's degree in international management.

Robert P. Hunter leads the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's labor policy initiative to research critical labor issues and educate key Michigan audiences including elected officials, policy makers, labor and business executives, and opinion leaders. He joined the full-time Mackinac Center staff in 1996.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Hunter to the National Labor Relations Board in 1981, where he adjudicated more than 3,000 labor law cases. Hunter has served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and as chief legislative staffer for U.S. Senators Robert Taft and Orrin Hatch.

Hunter was a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Business School. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and his Master of Laws degree in Labor Law from the New York University School of Law.

Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Hunter to the State Civil Service Commission in 1996.

He is the author of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy studies Compulsory Union Dues in Michigan, Paycheck Protection in Michigan, and Michigan Labor Law: What Every Citizen Should Know.