Former Teacher and Union Negotiator Joins Mackinac Center Staff

La Rae G. Munk

Attorney and former public school teacher La Rae G. Munk is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s new project manager in labor and education. Munk works closely with former National Labor Relations Board member and Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy Robert P. Hunter to analyze labor law issues as they relate to schools.

As an attorney, Munk has represented both teacher unions and school districts in collective bargaining negotiations. She gained an insider’s expertise which she uses at the Mackinac Center to gauge the economic impact of labor contract language and advise Michigan school officials on how to maximize limited resources.

Munk earned a master of arts degree in education administration in 1982 from Central Michigan University and in 1988 received a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.

Before joining the Mackinac Center, Munk had her own law practice which emphasized labor and employment issues. She also co-authored a 1989 Michigan Department of Education study on the transportation of medically fragile children.