Skip to comments.Michigan unions fight to enshrine bargaining rights in constitution
Posted on 10/08/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT by markomalley
They have been playing defense elsewhere across the Midwest, but labor unions in Michigan have gone on the attack with a proposed first-in-the-nation amendment to the state constitution that would enshrine a right to collective bargaining for public and private-sector workers and invalidate any past or future laws to the contrary.
Proposal 2, backed by Michigans teachers and other public-employee unions, is being closely watched by labor and management groups across the country after a string of setbacks for the union movement in states such as Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states are likely to follow Michigans lead if voters approve the measure Nov. 6, analysts here say.
But Gov. Rick Snyder, who has a business background, generally has shunned the more confrontational approach toward labor adopted by fellow Republican governors such as Wisconsins Scott Walker. Much of the states business establishment also strongly opposes the measure, saying it will hurt competitiveness and take a big bite out of the states ability to control spending.
It turns government unions into a superlegislature, said F. Vincent Vernuccio, labor policy director of the pro-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich., which calls the measure costly and overreaching. If passed, it will give government unions an effective veto over legislation passed by elected representatives.
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Te same way you can write a Second Amendment to the the US Constitution that forbids firearms regulations like NFA34 or GCA68.
Maintaining the political will to hold the amendment sacrosanct against future encroachments— that the challenge.
since the VAST majority of people don’t belong to unions, how could this trash possibly pass???
It will never pass - After the SEIU goons held a “vote” to “unionize” home caregivers and started to grab dues from these people trying to take care of their families with State aid they fought back and won.
the MI union goons are still all wee-weed up over losing the battle.
Constitutional amendments can be REPEALED as well.
this in insanity. i hope michigan voters knock it down hard.
Didn’t the Chief of Police just issue a “no go” for the no man’s land formally known as Detroit?
These union communists have turned the highest paid per capita city into Benghazi on Lake Michigan in six short decades!
There will be a reckoning with these communist, it’s coming.
Does Michigan own the Unions -OR- do the Unions own Michigan?..
Pretty simple really.. The Unions have come way out of the closet..
The Workers Paradise LOOMS.. looms like a diseased Rat..
ALL of America should take notice even right to work States..
The Unions want to OWN your Freedom.. the sedition of it all is obscene...
They legally contributed to campaigns. It was the elected official that gave away the store in exchange. Is that the kind of rep you voted for? Not me. The system is corrupted I agree but I place blame with those that were supposed to be on the taxpayers side of the bargaining table.
You have offered nothing to the discussion other than an unthinking insult.
Are you saying Americans should not be allowed to gather and organize?
Are unions legal in China?
Side note, they could sure use one at that iPhone factory
Truth hurts, doesn’t it. Maybe next time you should think before spouting communist talking points.
There is nothing wrong with gathering. This is already protected under the Constitution. You just can’t use government force to force the population to respect and obey your dictates, is all.
The scumbag Democrats want to turn Michigan into one great big Detroit!
“Gather and organize” is way far and away from what the state enforced bargaining monopolies called “unions” are today. Is there a single one that can survive without laws requiring manadatory membership and dues? Can the unions survive except that they are allowed to use their compulsory union dues for political purposes?
You sound like a socialist despite your name and tagline.
I think gunsequalfreedom is Bob J. It seems to fit his modus operandi.
That's a more accurate description.
There is one thing that needs fixing that would absolutely cure this mess: End the National Labor Relations Act exemption unions enjoy from anti-trust law. I have no problem with private employee-owned companies competing to supply skilled labor as a right of free association. It's union monopoly power that has destroyed product quality and kept labor from making the most of their best people.
The problem with this idea is that the term of the contracts (particularly as regards retirements) exceed the term of the elected representatives. Hence, to take this position is to make changing representatives absolutely futile insofar as undoing a bad or even crooked deal is concerned.