- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has upheld a decision that struck down a 10-year agreement between a Detroit-area school district and a union - a deal that was seen as a way to get around the state’s right-to-work law.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the court says it’s reasonable to believe that the Taylor Federation of Teachers “took deliberate action” to try to lock in union dues and membership for a long period before the law kicked in. The court upheld a 2015 decision by the Republican-controlled Michigan Employment Relations Commission.

The side contract between the Taylor district and the union was signed just weeks before the right-to-work law took effect in 2013. The law says workers can’t be forced to financially support a union to keep their job.

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