An administrative law judge in Michigan has ruled that members of the Michigan Education Association should be allowed to resign from the union at any time, rather than a specified time.

The ruling flies in the face of the M-E-A bylaws, which say opt-out could only occur during the month of August.

Union members have been able to opt out ever since the state's 'right to work' law took effect. The law prohibits requiring workers to join a union or pay a fee to a labor union.

The conservative free-market Mackinac Center applauds the decision, saying (quote) "freedom and the ability to exercise one’s rights do not come with a time limit."In a statement, the MEA says it will appeal, noting that the admistrative judge's ruling is preliminary and it will not go into effect until the Michigan Employment Relations Commission issues a final ruling.