Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michigan Voters Considering Constitutional Right to Collective Bargaining

After a string of stinging defeats at the ballot box, labor leaders in Michigan are trying to turn the tide by establishing a state constitutional right to collective bargaining.  Next Tuesday, Michigan voters will go to the polls to decide Proposal 2, which would create a state constitutional amendment locking in union rights in the state.  Proposal 2 would:
  • allow police officers and firefighters to negotiate safe staffing levels
  • establish a constitutional right to form a union and bargain collectively
  • invalidate any attempts by the state legislature to limit collective bargaining rights
  • override state laws about employees hours and conditions of employment 
  • mandate binding arbitration for some police groups
If passed, Proposal 2 would be the first of its kind in the country.  The campaign to pass Proposal 2 got a big boost earlier today, when President Clinton endorses the measure.