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Labor Rights and Enforcement: Michigan

Labor Rights and Enforcement requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Clifford L. Hammond and Patricia Nemeth, Nemeth Burwell, PC


  • The Labor Mediation Act (LMA) governs the collective bargaining relationships between private sector unions and private sector employers that do not fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). See Michigan Labor Laws.
  • The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) is an independent agency responsible for administering the laws governing labor-management relations in Michigan. See Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
  • The LMA generally prohibits employers and unions from engaging in certain specified unfair labor practices. See Employer Unfair Labor Practices, Union Unfair Labor Practices.
  • If an unfair labor practice is found, employers and unions are subject to penalties. See Unfair Labor Practice Penalties.