Michigan Employment Relations Commission

The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) resolves labor disputes involving public and private sector employees by appointing mediators, arbitrators and fact finders, conducting union representation elections, determining appropriate bargaining units, and adjudicating unfair labor practice cases.  MERC, supported by the staff of the Bureau of Employment Relations, administers three statutes:


The Public Employment Relations Act (PERA)- a labor relations statute which grants all public employees within the state of Michigan, excluding classified civil service employees of the state and federal government, the right to organize and be represented by labor organizations of their choice.


The Labor Relations and Mediation Act (LMA), a statute regulating collective bargaining relationships between private sector unions and small private sector employers not falling within the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act.


The Compulsory Arbitration Act (312)- a statute providing for compulsory binding arbitration of labor-management disputes involving public safety employees.


Click here to access the MERC homepage and meeting information




Public Act 176 of 1939


Contact Information


Lynn Morison
Staff Attorney

Phone: (313) 456-3516
Email: morisonl@michigan.gov


Detroit Office:

Ruthanne Okun - Director 

Bureau of Employment Relations

Cadillac Place

3026 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite 2-750

PO Box 02988

Detroit, MI 48202-2988

General Information- Voice: (313) 456-3510

Fax: (313)456-3511


Lansing Office:

Bureau of Employment Relations

1375 South Washington

PO Box 30015

Lansing, MI 48909

General Information- Voice: (517) 373-3580

Fax: (517) 334-9716


Michigan Employment Relations Board Homepage




Bob LaBrant, Perry-(R)
Term expires 6/30/18

Natalie Yaw, Detroit - (D)
Term expires 6/30/19

 Edward D. Callaghan, Royal Oak - (R)
Term expires 6/30/20