U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakens labor unions and potentially jeopardizes workplace safety.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to organized labor when it ruled that government workers cannot be required to help pay for collective bargaining. This was done on First Amendment grounds and is contrary to 40 years of court precedent. Labor unions across the nation could now lose millions of dollars in financial support.
Michigan already passed its own version of so called “right-to-work” legislation in 2012. We believe it has weakened organized labor and hurt workers across the state. It is just another form of union busting.
We have noticed many of our clients are unconcerned with attacks on organized labor. Why should they care if not part of a labor union? The simple answer is that union advocacy benefits all workers even if they are not members. This can be seen through generally higher wages and better safety in the workplace. A recent study looking at right-to-work laws found they have led to a 14.2% increase in occupational mortality.
Special interest groups have spent enormous sums of money and political capital fighting organized labor. We saw this first hand with workers’ compensation reform in 2011. Michigan employers have now seen the pure premium advisory rate drop 45% saving an estimated $446 million for employers. These cost savings do not happen in a vacuum and people hurt on-the-job receive less benefits.
Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.
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