Freedom to Work (FTW)

Michigan's Freedom to Work laws went into effect on March 28, 2013. Those laws amend two labor statutes: the Labor Mediation Act (LMA), governing the private sector, and the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), applying to the public sector. Generally, the FTW laws prohibit union-security agreements, which required that private and/or public employees pay union dues or service fees as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment. Employees who choose to opt-out of the union are still afforded rights and benefits as members of the bargaining unit. Additionally, the FTW laws do not prohibit employees from joining or financially assisting a labor organization or participating in collective bargaining with an employer.

Freedom to Work FAQ's

Freedom to Work Informational Posters

Freedom to Work in the Private Sector** PDF icon
Freedom to Work in the Public Sector** PDF icon

** NOTE: Employers may place the appropriate poster in the workplace. Use of the poster is optional.