Thursday, December 13, 2012

Can Michigan's Right-To-Work Law Be Implemented?

Did Michigan Republicans even read the ALEC-Koch “Right-to-Work” legislation they just passed? 

It doesn’t appear likely. Why? Because the law may not be able to be implemented as intended. 

Just as the Wisconsin law violated their state constitution, so it appears the Michigan law does the same, albeit for different reasons. In addition to the violation of the state constitution, just as in Wisconsin, we also have a lawsuit filed over the violation of the Michigan Open Meetings law. But to the constitutional issue…

Michigan Senate Democrats report, “The Michigan Constitution gives clear authority to the Civil Service Commission over conditions of employment for the state’s workforce. Experts have suggested today only a vote of the Civil Service Commission could enact Right to Work policies for state workers.”

This is the sort of thing that happens when a national organization is writing your legislation for you. But one assumes that the big boys at ALEC did not count on the uber laziness of the Republicans. Surely they were meant to fine tune the bill to suit their state. But then, when you shove a bill through in a lameduck session and don’t hold it open for debate, these things tend to happen.
 Yet again, the joke is on the GOP. All of this controversy for nothing it seems.

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