The Associated Press September 13, 2011, 2:38PM ET

Michigan bill targets school union dues collection

A proposal that would prohibit public schools from automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks is advancing in the Michigan Legislature.

The Republican-led House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee approved the measure Tuesday with a party line 4-2 vote. The measure advances to the House floor.

Opponents have said the measure to prohibit schools from collecting dues for unions is another shot at teachers' unions in the state.

A separate proposal that could soon come up in the Michigan Legislature would eliminate the state law requiring school employees to belong to unions. That measure would make Michigan a so-called "right to teach" state.

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The union dues proposal is House Bill 4929.


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