Collective bargaining[xi] in Michigan has given rise to numerous challenges, both procedural and substantive. While a number of these challenges are not easily addressed except through legislation, being aware of the issues may help a school board member to understand better the task before the board.


[xi] A substantial portion of the following discussion on challenges in process is derived from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s 1998 study Collective Bargaining: Bringing Education to the Table, by then-Mackinac Center attorney La Rae Munk. See the opening to Section IX for additional information on this study.