01/29/2013 09:12 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2013

Gov. Snyder Asks Supreme Court To Rule On Right To Work

Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday took the rare step of asking the Michigan Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of the new public and private sector right-to-work laws before labor unions try to tie them up in court.

In a letter to Chief Justice Robert Young Jr., Snyder asked the high court to decide whether the public sector right-to-work law applies to the 35,000 unionized state workers because of the Michigan Civil Service Commission's autonomy to negotiate wages, benefits and working conditions with labor unions.

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