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Taylor teachers opposed to union win contract challenge

Feb 14, 2015

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A state labor commission has ruled in favor of school employees in suburban Detroit who argued that a 10-year contract in the Taylor district was an illegal move to force them to pay union dues.

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Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ordered the Taylor district and the union to take no adverse action against teachers or other employees who decline to support the union. 

The Taylor Federation of Teachers will appeal.

The decade-long contract was signed just weeks before Michigan's right-to-work law took effect in 2013. The law says workers can't be forced to financially support a union to keep their job.

  Many unions and school districts scrambled to write new contracts before the law kicked in because it wouldn't apply until a contract expired.