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Michigan Right to Work Laws

A growing number of states have enacted what are called "right-to-work" laws, which prohibit the requirement of union membership to get and and keep a job. Michigan's right-to-work laws prohibit employers from requiring either union membership, payment of dues, or payment into a particular charitable organization as a condition of employment. Violations are punishable by a $500 fine per instance.

The following chart lists the main provisions of Michigan's right-to-work laws. See Union Member Rights FAQ to learn more.

Code Section Michigan Compiled Laws, section 423.14
Policy on Union Membership, Organization, etc.

An individual shall not be required as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment to do any of the following:

(a) Refrain or resign from membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization.

(b) Become or remain a member of a labor organization.

(c) Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges or expenses of any kind or amount or provide anything of value to a labor organization.

(d) Pay to any charitable organization or third party an amount that is in lieu of, equivalent to, or any portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges or expenses required of members of or employees represented by a labor organization.

Prohibited Activity (see above)
Penalties Civil fine of not more than $500.00

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan labor attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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