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.

The Incredible Shrinking Labor Movement

The Minimum Wage Is Hardest on the Poor

The Economic Effects of the Minimum Wage

MESSA: Keeping school districts from saving money on health care

Let Cintas Workers Make Up Their Own Minds

There is no need to pressure Cintas into a neutrality or card-check agreement. When a majority of Cintas workers are convinced they want a union, they will vote to have one. … more

Why School Districts Can’t Save on Health Care

The MEA and MESSA have set up an obstacle course that prevents public schools from introducing competition for teachers’ health care coverage or putting reasonable limits on the extent of care. … more

Federal Labor Law Aggravates NMH Strike

The Time Is Right for a Right-To-Work Law

A Bit More Light on Union Finances

Signs of Wisdom at UAW

A Hard Pill for UAW Members to Swallow

Gettelfinger no longer can shield UAW members from competitive pressure. Instead, the UAW must prepare domestic autoworkers for competition. … more

Budget Balancing Endgame

Ripe for Reform: Binding Arbitration

A Hard Pill for UAW Members to Swallow


Cool It With the Committee on “Cool”

Michigan Unions Continue to Lose Support among Workers

Labor unions should abandon the old, outmoded adversarial model of labor relations and instead study ways they can create a better atmosphere; in which labor and management cooperatively solve problems in ways that promote free enterprise. … more

A Way to Ease the Pain of Budget Cuts

By what standard of social justice does the state inflate the wages of workers who would most likely be earning above-average wages without government intervention? … more

Testimony on H.B. 4160

Department of Labor Proposes New Union Financial Reporting Rules

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Proposal 3 would impose a slow, expensive labor negotiation process on the state of Michigan, while uprooting a civil service system that has worked well for both the state and its employees. … more

Can Southfield Afford a "Feel-Good" Wage Law?

Southfield's "living wage" ordinance is a prime example of how good intentions, linked with shallow thinking, can lead to terrible policy. … more

Michigan Workers Are Ready for Right-to-Work

Freedom of association is the legitimate basis upon which the union movement helped establish legal protections for workers in national and state labor laws. But what about the freedom to not join or pay dues to a union in order to get or keep a job? Right-to-work laws—operative in 22 states, but not Michigan—respect this individual choice of workers, and a new study shows states with such laws also enjoy greater economic prosperity. … more

New Data Bolster Finding of Right-to-Work Report

Economists calculate half-century cost of union policies at $50 trillion. … more

A Good Time to Cut Taxes on Jobs

Washington is keeping most of the revenue collected from employers under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), a tax that is supposed to fund the administration of state unemployment insurance programs. Congress should abolish this tax-which constitutes a direct tax on employment-and hand states back the responsibility of running their own unemployment programs. … more

Bill Would Require Public-Sector Unions to Disclose Finances

A bill in the Michigan House of Representatives would require the state's public-sector unions to disclose their finances to the same degree of detail as publicly held corporations. The result would be stronger unions with less waste and a renewed focus on the workplace concerns of union members. … more

Of Bush and Beck

President Bush will have an excellent opportunity in the coming months to revive the drive to enforce the Supreme Court's Beck ruling, the decision that affirmed workers' right to opt out of financially supporting union politicking. … more

Should D-DOT Work Weekends?

Few people would deny that it's normal to want weekends off work. But generous union contracts that stipulate a strict Monday through Friday work schedule for Detroit Department of Transportation employees ensure the city's bus system is less reliable and more expensive. Poor city services in turn contribute to a poorer city, a smaller tax base, fewer jobs, and ultimately lower wages for city employees, including bus mechanics and drivers. … more

Charter School Ousts MEA Union in Historic Vote

The teachers of Island City Academy, a charter school in Eaton Rapids, ousted the Michigan Education Association as their collective bargaining agent in a historic 12-1 vote. … more