New rule could require unions to inform members when they can resign


By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Having the right to leave a union doesn’t mean much if union members don’t know how to get out.

That could change if a request to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is approved.

The Mackinac Center submitted a formal request to MERC that would require the state agency to establish a new rule that unions that represent public employees tell their members three weeks ahead of when they are eligible to opt out by use of a “resignation notification.”

“This is about common sense,” said Patrick Wright, vice president of legal affairs at the Mackinac Center. “People need to know their rights and we want to make sure that they do.”

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.