The Michigan Employment Relations Commission made its ruling regarding the legality of the long standing practice of an August opt-out window being for August only. Under the system in place any member could opt out of the union during the month of August but for the obvious benefit of budgeting and having had the benefit of voting on contracts, etc.. the window was limited to just August. This challenge was brought forth by the actively anti-union, anti-MEA Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a strong GOP right-wing organization that promotes and professes anti-worker and anti-union agenda for Michigan. Whether or not the MEA will seek to advance this to the courts has not yet been decided but MEA president, Steve Cook, did make a formal statement in response to the ruling (see link)

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