Issues & Ideas Forum: The Future of Unionized Government

Featuring Mackinac Center Senior Labor Policy Analyst Paul Kersey

This forum took place Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. It featured the following experts:

David Masud, a Saginaw-based labor and employment attorney with the Masud Labor Law Group, has over 25 years of experience negotiating hundreds of union contracts, and litigating unfair labor practice charges on behalf of public employers throughout the State of Michigan.

Tom Eaton is the main labor negotiator for Oakland County and is a key member of a leadership team that has kept the county in a financially sound condition when nearby local governments have struggled with deficits and layoffs.

Barbara Ruga is one of the state’s leading experts on collective bargaining in public education. She has 30 years of experience representing school districts and is a widely sought-after trainer for negotiators, having taught bargaining strategy for the Michigan Negotiators Association and the Michigan Association of School Boards.

Paul Kersey, the Mackinac Center's director of labor policy, served as moderator.