Conservatives want Michigan teachers to know they can dump their union in August

By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner

Despite the fact that Michigan has adopted a right-to-work law that bars forced unionism, most teachers’ union members cannot invoke the law for 11 months out of the year. That’s because the Michigan Education Association has decided that it will only accept opt-out requests during August. The union doesn’t put much effort behind alerting teachers to this, either.

national employee freedom week

Celebrate National Employee Freedom Week

National Employee Freedom Week, which started August 10 and runs until August 16, is a countrywide effort by 70 groups in 41 states that’s goal is to educate workers of their rights they have to opt out of union membership. This worker education is necessary because many workers are unaware of this freedom and unions do as little as possible to inform workers of their right to end their union membership.

Auto workers not in line with dues increase

By Brian Pannebecker, dailytribune.com

As a Ford Motor Company employee, and a compulsory dues-payer to the United Auto Workers, I continue to be amazed by the brazen lack of fiduciary responsibility the UAW bosses exhibit with the funds taken from the hard-working members of the domestic auto workers.

Union Misstatements

Michigan Capitol Confidential

The head of the largest teachers’ union in the state has a history of making factually incorrect statements in his periodic column that runs in the Detroit News.

When Unions Bark but Don’t Bite

By Vincent Vernuccio, National Review Online

Such was the expected story when Governor Rick Snyder signed Michigan’s worker-freedom law in December 2012. After machinations including violent protests outside the capitol and “there will be blood” rhetoric by Democratic state representative Douglas Geiss, most observers expected a major push in 2014 to repeal the law and punish the politicians who enacted it.