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Michigan labor board rules against 1-month union resignation window for school employees


LANSING, Michigan — A Michigan labor board says a one-month window to quit a school employee union is too restrictive and violates state law.

The Employment Relations Commission ruled Wednesday, three months after signaling its intent. An administrative law judge recommended a year ago that the Republican-controlled board order the Michigan Education Association to stop limiting workers to leaving in August.

The case involves a 2012 right-to-work law making financial support of unions voluntary.

The union may appeal to the state appeals court.

MEA President Steven Cook says the union "strongly disagrees" with the ruling but expects it to have little impact on membership. He says 2 percent of members resigned this year.

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation says "other government unions should take heed and not attempt to enforce arbitrary resignation periods."

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