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For Immediate Release
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Lunch & Launch to focus on impacts of Michigan's right to work laws

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – The Macomb-OU INCubator invites employees and employee representatives to unravel the mysteries of Michigan's new right-to-work laws at the next Lunch and Launch event on Thursday, Feb. 21.

     John Hancock, shareholder with the Butzel Long law firm, will present, "Right-to-Work: The New Frontier?" The presentation will focus on laws enacted on Dec. 11, 2012, for both private and public sector employees. These laws make it unlawful to require an employee to become a union member, or to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

     Hancock will review how legislation could impact unions and collective bargaining strategies, including potential union requests to extend current contracts before the law becomes effective. Issues including administering dues check-offs and potential legal challenges to the new laws will also be discussed. In addition, Hancock will address how a right-to-work legal environment may affect non-unionized employers and their tactics for staying union-free.

     With experience in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations and counseling of both public and private employees, Hancock has engaged in extensive employment and OSHA litigation. He has served as chief negotiator in numerous collective bargaining negotiations for public schools, municipal and public utilities, as well as clients in various other businesses ranging from casinos to steel plants to hospitals and country clubs.

     This free lecture, set for noon to 1 p.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator, will include a question and answer period. Attendees should bring their own lunch, though beverages and dessert will be provided.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the lecture are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

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