LANSING (AP) – The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that will determine whether state workers are covered by a right-to-work law.

The law says public and private workers in Michigan can’t be forced to pay union fees as a condition of having a job. The dispute at the state’s highest court Tuesday centers on whether the law steps on the turf of the Civil Service Commission.

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Unions say the state Constitution puts the commission solely in charge of labor matters affecting state employees.

But in August, in a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said the law applies to 35,000 state workers. In response, the commission says the court “invented a new rule of law.”

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Unions have much to lose if the decision stands.

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