Whether or not a non-elected administrative board wishes otherwise.
The Michigan Legislature’s right to create a law that bans mandatory union membership trumps the authority of a state agency that oversees public employment, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.
The state legislature passed the “right to work” law in December amid union protests in Lansing, dealing a stunning blow to organized labor in the state that is home to U.S. automakers and the symbol of industrial labor in the United States.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the legislature had the authority to create the law that makes union fees voluntary because it has the constitutional right to “speak for the people on matters of significant public concern.”
More here. Basically, the plaintiffs were ostensibly state public union members who were upset that they were being forced to… not have to pay union dues if they didn’t want to. Ha! Just kidding: the plaintiffs were state public union leadership cadres who are terrified as heck that right-to-work would walker their membership rolls. Which it would; hence, the lawsuit. And good luck getting that exception to the Supreme Court there, guys! No, seriously, good luck. Right-to-work enshrined at the federal level would give me enough screaming lunacy from the Left to write about for, well, forever.
Via Hot Air.