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 temporarily disabled pending review of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME
Freedom to Work Informational Posters
Freedom to Work in the Private Sector**
Freedom to Work in the Public Sector** (temporarily disabled pending review of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Janus v. AFSCME)
** NOTE: Employers may place the appropriate poster in the workplace. Use of the poster is optional.