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Michigan Official: Union-Dues Ban Spares State Workers

More than two-thirds of Michigan state employees won’t be covered by laws that prohibit paying union dues as a condition of employment, according to an official who controls worker rules and a union lawyer.

The so-called right-to-work laws passed and signed Dec. 11 don’t supersede the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s authority, said commissioner Robert Swanson. Of the state’s 49,000 workers, about 35,000 would be exempt, according to the commission’s annual report.