For example, the Michigan law allows for a $500 civil fine and the possibility of criminal liability for violators, which is not done under the National Labor Relations Act, he said.
The AFL-CIO represents about 50 labor unions, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The Michigan Building Trades Council, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union are among the other groups involved in the case. The defendants, who were not immediately available for comment, are the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Steve Arwood, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.
"right-to-work" bills covering public- and private-sector unions during a lame-duck session. Monday's lawsuit does not cover the Michigan right-to-work law affecting public-sector workers. The law made Michigan, once a union powerhouse, the nation's 24th right-to-work state. When Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill on December 11, more than 12,000 unionized workers and supporters protested at the Capital.
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