Michael J. Reitz

Michael J. Reitz is the executive vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

Supreme Court Takes One Step Away From Forced Unionization


On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that thousands of home-based caregivers in Illinois—and perhaps hundreds of thousands in eight other states—are not required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The case involving Hobby Lobby and contraceptives will garner the most headlines, but this ruling on union dues (Harris v. Quinn) will have […]

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Unions: For the Children?


Who would obstruct the fight against sex trafficking of children? The Vancouver Education Association (VEA) comes to mind. The teachers union, a local chapter of the National Education Association, has refused to allow a teacher to send her union dues to Shared Hope International, a charity working to prevent trafficking and sexual slavery. Washington state […]

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Living Off the Fat of the Union


What does Tiger Woods have in common with union officials? Answer: they both play a lot of golf. The only difference is union officials get to play on their members’ dime. A lot of dimes, actually. Organized labor spent $1.3 million on golf in 2005. This and other enlightening facts about union spending are now […]

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