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Michigan Court Backs Clerk Who Wouldn’t Pay Union Dues

September 27, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lapeer, Mich.—The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 12 that the state’s 2013 law banning the union shop gave a county clerk the right to stop paying union dues even if she hadn’t resigned during the union’s official opt-out period. A three-judge panel in an unpublished opinion overruled the state Employment Relations Commission’s 2016 decision regarding Tina House, a clerk with Lapeer County east of Flint, who had sought to leave Teamsters Local 214. House, a Local 214 member of from 2000 to 2013, resigned after the state’s “right-to-work” law went into effect, but the union would not let her stop paying dues because she hadn’t left during the June 1-16 “window” for withdrawing. She challenged the ruling with backing from the National Right to Work Foundation. Read more

September 27, 2017

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