Judge allows challenge to Michigan’s right-to-work law
From The Detroit News:
An Ingham County judge on Wednesday rejected the state of Michigan’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the week-old right-to-work law on grounds the public was unlawfully locked out of the Capitol during heated debate on the bill in December.
Circuit Judge William Collette is allowing the suit brought by the ACLU of Michigan and labor unions to move forward. The plaintiffs allege the Michigan State Police and Legislature violated the Open Meetings Act when protesters were locked out of the Capitol during debate on the controversial legislation.
Two right-to-work laws went into effect last Thursday banning public and private sector union contracts from requiring financial support of the union as a condition of employment. Police and firefighters were exempted from the law, a carve-out that is the subject of a separate legal challenge of the law.
Lawmakers rushed the legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk in five days in December, bypassing the normal public hearing process during the Legislature’s lame duck session.