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.

Commentary: It's Time to Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

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

Do We Really Need a Unionized State Government?

Government Employee Union Contract Database Now Available

How to Defuse PERA’s Ticking Time Bomb

Grand Traverse County Commission Poised to Pass Freedom to Work Resolution

Time to Abolish Project Labor Agreements

Does the NLRB Really Expect Businesses to Ignore Strikes?

Government Unions Protest to Bankrupt Local Governments

Executive Budget Takes on Government Employee Compensation

Public Union Reform Is Where the Money Is

Scheduled Saginaw Prevailing Wage Repeal Vote Quietly Killed

It Shouldn’t Take a Superhero to Fix Public Education

Escape Is Never the Safest Path

PowerPoint Postscript

An Open Letter to Rick Snyder

An Open Letter to Virg Bernero

Oakland County Gives Local Governments Something to Shoot For

Analysis: The Man Who Would Be (Bob) King

More and More a Political Animal

A Law Unto Itself

Whether the standards that the community establishes for police officers be strict or lenient, the setting and enforcement of standards for police conduct is a duty that must be performed by local officials under the scrutiny of citizens themselves.  Oversight of law enforcement is a role that should never be bargained with a union or delegated to arbitration. … more

The Michigan Zombie Child Care Council

Analysis: The UAW could still tear Detroit down

Inside Baseball

Is This the Downsizing Detroit Needs?

Recent Developments in Union Corruption Cases

State Government Employee Unions Prosper in Midst of Recession

The Michigan Zombie Child Care Council

Lansing Proposes, the MEA Disposes

My Book Report on Plunder

Equality of Sacrifice

The Expensive Mystery of “Project Cherrywood”

Paul Kersey Discusses PERA

Detroit’s Schools Are Going Bankrupt, Too

The EFCA Rodeo

Detroit’s Schools Are Going Bankrupt, Too

Right-to-Work States Outpacing Michigan

A First Step

Chrysler’s Bailout Will Backfire

The Eternal Struggle

State House Endorses Demise of Workplace Secret Ballot

Mackinac Center Releases Labor Law Guide for Charter Schools

Dragging ‘Em Down to Our Level

Frugality Put in the Pokey

Tough Choices Ahead for Workers

Make Unions Accountable for Illegal Strikes

Will We Move Forward or Backward on Union Transparency?

Can The UAW Be Taken Seriously?

Tough Choices Ahead for Workers

Frugality Put in the Pokey

Internal union disputes need better governance

Do Unions Really Need the Money?

But even with this very generous definition of what constitutes a representation expense, our review of union financial reports reveals that a typical union local in Michigan spends little more than half of its money on representing its members. … more

Amending the State Constitution for Partisan Advantage?

To the extent that this document is what it appears to be, it leaves little doubt that the Reform Michigan Government Now ballot initiative is a partisan power play. … more

An Intern’s Service to Michigan

What a Right-to-Work Law Would Mean for Cities

My Union Dues Paid For That?

Because unionized workers in Michigan generally cannot withhold their dues without putting their jobs at risk, those employees and their dues are particularly vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. … more

Requiem for a Union Local

Right-to-Work Mythbusters

Restoring Balance to Labor Law

NLRB Takes a Stand for Worker Freedom

Sweet Home Alabama

If the trend of the last five years holds, a majority of right-to-work states will have higher per capita disposable incomes than Michigan by 2010, at which point Michigan will be the real right-to-work-for-less state. … more

Prevailing Wage Memorandum

Will Michigan Be “The Victors” Again?

Michigan Unions — Strong or Bloated?

Right-to-Work FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Right-to-Work … more

The Union Movement Goes Wobbly

Stuck in Reverse

Money Well Spent?

When government employees are involved, there is a case to be made that agency fee is something that ends up costing taxpayers. … more

Wrestling with Reality

Tough Love for Labor Unions

The Arbitration Gamble

Union Sticks and Stones