Union Transparency: How to Make Michigan Public Unions More Accountable

Issues and Ideas Forum

Public workers in Michigan pay hundreds or thousands of dollars per year in dues to unions, but it’s very difficult for workers to find out how that money is being spent. The reason is that Michigan has weak reporting requirements for government unions, asking for only a few numbers on spending in broad categories. Under this system, union members cannot assess if their union is spending their dues money wisely or not.

Nathan Mehrens will explain how Michigan can fix this problem by adopting a federal model that requires more disclosure by unions. Mehrens is an labor expert who previously worked at the U.S. Department of Labor and helped implement these same transparency reporting requirements at the federal level. His latest study he authored for the Mackinac Center is available here.


Nathan Mehrens is president of Americans for Limited Government Foundation. He previously served as ALGF's General Counsel. Prior to his service at ALGF, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor. He previously served as Director of Research and General Counsel for several nonprofit organizations that monitor and advocate on labor union issues.

Lunch is free and is included with reservations.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
11:30 a.m. - Check-in and lunch available
Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Program with Q&A
WHERE: Lansing Center
Meeting Room 201, 2nd Floor
333 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

Register for this event.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Event Manager Kimberley Fischer-Kinne at 989-698-1905 or events@mackinac.org.

Registration deadline is Fri., October 9 at 12 noon.

Please note: We are unable to guarantee lunch for any guest if the registration is received after the deadline.


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