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Court rejects appeal on school union resignations

March 29, 2018
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LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for public school employees to quit a union at any time.

The court rejected last week an appeal from the Michigan Education Association, known as the MEA. It means a 2017 appeals court decision will stand.

The appeals court said restricting school union resignations to just one month a year conflicts with the Legislature's goal of giving employees more choices under Michigan's right-to-work law.

The law says workers can't be forced to support a union to keep a job. The MEA had argued that the resignation rule should be an internal union matter.

The cases involved schools in Saginaw, Standish, Grand Blanc and Battle Creek.

The appeals began after a series of decisions by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

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