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State employee unions challenge right-to-work law

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Four unions representing state employees are asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to declare that the new right-to-work law won't affect them.

The Lansing State Journal and MLive.com report the lawsuit was filed last week. It's one of several suits in state and federal courts challenging the law taking effect March 27.

Gov. Rick Snyder previously asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule quickly on the right-to-work law. He said questions on how it would impact 35,000 unionized state employees must be resolved before new contract talks begin.

Questions have been raised on whether the law applies to state workers because the Civil Service Commission has separate powers under the state constitution.

The right-to-work law prohibits forcing workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

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