Michigan AG Bill Schuette: Right-to-work applies to state employees

Michigan attorney general clarifies state's new right-to-work law for state employees

Published On: Dec 13 2012 06:19:54 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 13 2012 06:23:12 PM EST
LANSING, Mich. -

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he expects the Michigan Civil Service Commission to follow a new right-to-work law as it relates to the state's 35,000 unionized workers.

Schuette tells reporters Thursday the law signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder applies to public and private workers and he expects potential legal challenges to fail.

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The Michigan Constitution gives the Civil Service Commission responsibility for overseeing public employees' working conditions.

Commissioner Robert Swanson has said only the panel can impose right-to-work over unionized state workers. The commission has authorized collective bargaining for them, excluding police, firefighters and political appointees.

Of the commission's four members, three were appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The law prohibits requiring nonunion workers to pay union fees.