“Snyder on Monday sent a letter to Robert P. Young Jr., the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, asking that the court issue an opinion before its term ends on July 31.
The governor noted that labor unions have publicly promised to challenge the legality of the so-called “right-to-work” law passed by the legislature on December 11.
Democratic leaders in the state legislature said the Republican governor is trying to bypass lower courts in order to get a favorable ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, which currently has four Republicans and two Democratic judges.
The majority Republican legislature dealt a major blow to labor unions in the home of the U.S. auto industry when it voted to make Michigan the 35th right-to-work state last month.
Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to financially support a union as a condition of employment.