Union vote focuses on absent lawmakers

By David Lieb, The Daily Statesman

In legislative lingo, it’s called “taking a walk.” A lawmaker walks out of the chamber — sometimes to a nearby office, sometimes to get out of town — and avoids taking a vote on a politically sticky issue.

Not Paying Union Dues, in Michigan

By Jillian Kay Melchior, National Review Online

Two Michigan teachers will finally be allowed to end their union membership in the Michigan Education Association and will be refunded any dues they paid during this school year, according to a settlement agreement signed this week.