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Updated: Union recertification bill is dead

By: - December 14, 2018 3:10 am

Updated, 10:20 p.m.

The Michigan Senate adjourned tonight without taking up a bill that would have thrown up more hurdles for unions. A Senate GOP spokeswoman confirmed tonight that the bill is dead for this term.

Arlan Meekhof

Sponsored by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven Twp.), Senate Bill 1260 would require members of public sector unions to hold a vote every two years on whether to re-certify or disband the union.

As the Advance has previously reported, union supporters criticized the bill as unnecessary and akin to Right to Work legislation passed in 2012. A Meekhof spokesperson has said that it gives rank and file union members more of a voice in who represents them.

The Legislature ran out of time. Thursday, Dec. 20 is expected to be the last day of legislative action for the year. The bill did not pass the Senate and move on to the House. State law requires that the other chamber be in possession of a bill for five days before taking up a vote, known as the five-day rule.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.