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Paul Kersey

Paul Kersey is director of labor policy at the Illinois Policy Institute and served as director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy from September 2007 to May 2012.

Kersey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In 1993, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.

After practicing law in Livonia, Mich., for several years, Kersey served on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Committee. He then spent three years at the National Right to Work Committee as director of state legislation. In that role, he analyzed and responded to labor legislation in all 50 states.

Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently published “Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment,” which addresses Proposal 2 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot, also referred to as the “collective bargaining” amendment.
The study examines how the proposed constitutional amendment would enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, which would allow government union collective bargaining agreements to invalidate numerous state laws meant to improve the quality of public services and would likely negate a projected $1.6 billion in annual taxpayer savings.
The Policy Brief was co-authored by Vernuccio and other Mackinac Center analysts: Senior Legal Analyst Patrick J. Wright, Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz and Assistant Fiscal Policy Director James M. Hohman. Also co-authoring was Paul Kersey, director of labor policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. … more

There Are Alternatives to PA4 ...

... But the unions will like them even less. … more

Union Workers Would be Better Off With a 401(k)

Statistics show union pensions are in poor shape. … more

An Answer to the MEA's Lawsuit

Expand the union dues collection ban. … more

You Had to Figure This Would Happen...

MEA lawyers blocking labor law reforms. … more

The Alliance for Retired Americans

Senior citizen lobbying group gets SEIU money. … more

The Economic Opportunity Institute

A progressive think tank getting SEIU money. … more

Kos Media

Publishers of "Daily Kos" get SEIU money. … more

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute

SEIU and the legislative career of Sen. Ted Kennedy. … more

Jobs with Justice

A national network of local coalitions ... getting SEIU money. … more

The Center for American Progress Action Fund

Political advocacy, among "other" things, with SEIU money. … more

Americans United for Change

SEIU gives advocacy group $300,000. … more

Benenson Strategy Group

A DC public relations firm with a strong partisan tilt. … more

Colorado WINS

More state government worker politics from the SEIU. … more

Self-Centered and Reckless

What "Protect Our Jobs" wants to do to Michigan. … more

America Votes

An SEIU "partner" and "consultant." … more

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

"Capacity-building" through ballot initiatives, and SEIU cash. … more

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

A political amoeba. … more


E-petition site was recipient of SEIU cash. … more

Do We Let Unions Bankrupt Governments?

What the fight over Public Act 4 is all about. … more

The Atlas Project

SEIU beneficiary "putting progressives on the path to victory." … more

The Brave New Foundation

Leftist media outlet took in $250,000 from SEIU. … more

The Applied Research Center

SEIU "dues" funding activist consultant. … more

‘Change that Works’

$4 million SEIU project was unabashedly political. … more

The Clean Economy Development Center

Clearinghouse for "green energy" boondoggles was recipient of $100,000 in SEIU cash. First of a series. … more

Dividing Ourselves From All That

AFL-CIO Op-Ed is wishful thinking and hysteria all in one. … more

Center Expert Cited on UAW Politics

Proof that Michigan employees need right-to-work protection. … more

Pete Hoekstra Ad Misses the Mark

Washington, not China, to blame for national debt. … more

Right to Work: Right for Oregon, Right for Michigan

More jobs, faster growing incomes, all that good stuff. … more

It's Official: Indiana Is a Right-to-Work State

Congratulations are in order for our neighbors to the south. … more


For the umpteenth time: No, wages won't collapse. … more

Workers Are Wonderful, But Where's the Union?

The AFL-CIO's new ad campaign … more

Trust Us, We Won

Why are contract ratification vote totals such a big secret? … more

Commentary: It's Time to Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

What a Right-to-Work Law Will Mean for Indiana — and Michigan

'It Really Is Up to the Companies'

The UAW's new strategy. … more

Get a Receipt

School districts shouldn't collect union dues. … more

Big PAC Attack

Union PACs should raise their own money. … more

That's Not How We Roll

Union leader reveals jarring admiration for authoritarianism. … more

Two Big Developments at the NLRB

We've got good news and bad news. … more

About That Evil Scheme We're Supposed to Have

Center analysts have long questioned the high cost and corruptive influence of government union collective bargaining. … more

Why the Hurry?

NLRB in rush to change union election rules. … more

Layoffs at the UAW

"You really don't expect that from a union employer." … more

Their Time Is Your Money

Unionized government "leave time" costing taxpayers. … more

Do We Really Need a Unionized State Government?

Government Employee Union Contract Database Now Available

Too Loose for Comfort

The feds' new union reporting standards are hard to justify. … more