Michigan Senate OK’s Ban On Paid Union Release Time

Legislation moving through Michigan is looking to ban school districts and other public employers from providing employees with paid release time to conduct union business.

The Republican-sponsored bill won narrowly in the Senate Tuesday.

However, it does not apply to labor contracts for police, firefighters, corrections officers and transit employees.

Supporters say the move would save taxpayers more money.

But opponents say those types of arrangements are a productive and cost-effective way to resolve labor disputes, among other issues.

A house committee is set to consider similar legislation later this week.