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Acts of God

Don't like the EFM law? There's an alternative: Rein in government employee unions

Don't like the emergency financial manager law? There's an alternative: Rein in government employee unions.


Do We Let Unions Bankrupt Governments?

What the fight over Public Act 4 is all about

What the fight over Public Act 4 is all about. more

Proposal 2: More Power for Government Unions

Protecting public employees at the public's expense.


Commentary: A Different Kind of 'Waste'

Detroit Water and Sewage Department shows problem with government unions

Detroit Water and Sewage Dept. and government unions.


Big PAC Attack

Union PACs should raise their own money

Union PACs should raise their own money. more

CMU Strike: Standing Firm Is Not Bad Faith

Does PERA create unrealistic expectations?

Cost-Cutting Options Written Out of Kent ISD Contract

The Kent Intermediate School District approved a one-year agreement with its unions that would halt privatization even though school administrators acknowledge it is not enforceable.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy received the contract between the Kent County ISD and its unions this week through a Freedom of Information Act request.

There is a provision in the agreement dated March 8 that all districts that approve the contract agree not to privatize for "the life of the agreement."

This conflicts with Michigan's Public Employment Relations Act, Sec. 15, subsection 3(f), which states that privatization of "noninstructional support services" may not be the subject of a collective bargaining agreement so long as the district allows the school employee unions providing such services the opportunity to enter as a fair participant in the competitive bidding process and make their case for keeping the contract.


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