Basic Concepts

To understand key issues related to a right-to-work amendment, it is necessary to have a general understanding of labor policy, labor law and the manner in which state and federal laws interact. These topics are discussed in the two subsections that follow.*

* Those seeking a comprehensive legal understanding of the relationship between compulsory unionism, mandatory union fees and right-to-work law in Michigan should consult Robert P. Hunter, “Compulsory Union Dues in Michigan” (Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 1997); and Robert P. Hunter, “Michigan Labor Law: What Every Citizen Should Know” (Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 1999). Readers can also consult Thomas W. Washburne and Paul Kersey, “Right-to-Work FAQ,” Mackinac Center for Public Policy, (accessed August 12, 2007).