SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - Michigan's right-to-work laws, which take effect on March 28, 2013, continue to be a hot button issue. Several labor unions have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the validity of the measure for private sector workers.
Robert A. Boonin is a is a labor and employment law at Butzel Long. He stopped by Broadcast House to give Action News viewers some insight how Michigan's new right-to-work laws work including:
· Will the right-to-work law be a real mine field once the law takes effect?
· Could employers and unions face lawsuits from employees if they feel their right-to-work is violated?
· Will many employees exercise their right to opt-out of union membership under the right-to-work law? What about peer pressure to remain a union member?
· If an employee opts out of union membership, does the union still represent them? If an employee opts out of being a union member, does the employee have a "voice" in decision making by unions?
· Does opting out of union membership mean that the employee can immediately stop paying union dues?