Michigan Seeks to Enshrine Collective Bargaining Rights in Constitution

by Kenneth Quinnell

After a long series of coordinated attacks on the collective bargaining rights of working families in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and elsewhere, union members and their allies in Michigan are being proactive. They have placed a referendum on the ballot, known as Proposal 2, which would make the right to collective bargaining part of the state’s constitution and would ban “right to work” for less laws.

No longer content to hold off attacks on the rights of working families or spend enormous amounts of time and money to overturn such laws, Michigan residents decided to cut off such assaults permanently before they can even get started.

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Michigan collective bargaining measure headed to court after elections board deadlocks again+

by Laura Clawson

(Aug 15) Michigan’s elections system continues its dysfunction. The State Board of Canvassers has once again deadlocked along partisan lines, this time on whether to allow the proposed ballot initiative to guarantee collective bargaining rights onto the November ballot.

Previously, the Board of Canvassers deadlocked, also on partisan lines, on whether the font size in a measure to repeal the state’s Emergency Manager law. The state Supreme Court subsequently ordered that question onto the ballot. And it’s to the Michigan Supreme Court that the collective bargaining question is headed:

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Forum: Equality and Jobs for the 99 %

 

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Equality and Jobs for the 99%:  Economic Justice for All

A public event sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America

 November 11, 2011; 7:00 p.m.  Location: St. Stephen and Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers

 

Eliseo Medina – International Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU

Sarita Gupta – Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

John Nichols – Washington Correspondent, The Nation

Joslyn Williams – President, Metropolitan D.C. Central Labor Council

Maria Svart – National Director, Democratic Socialists of America

DSA, the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, is the largest socialist political organization in the country, with more than 6,000 members and active locals in more 40 U.S. cities and college  campuses. DSA Locals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Wichita, among others, have taken an active role in the Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Freedom Plaza, and other Occupy protests in support of jobs and economic justice.

This forum  is organized in conjunction with the 15th National Convention of Democratic Socialists of America, which is being held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner November 11-13, 2011. Visit www.dsausa.orgfor more information.

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Save Democracy in Michigan

by David Green

Empty storefront in Detroit

Empty storefront in Detroit

The state’s “Emergency Manager” law is more insidious than anything in Wisconsin

Though Wisconsin has received more media coverage for its new law banning collective bargaining for public unions, Michigan’s new Emergency Manager law is more insidious and potentially destructive of public goods like education and corrections, and public services such as road repair and snow plowing.

The rationale behind the law, which was passed by the Republican-dominated state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on March 16, is deficit reduction. It allows the governor to appoint an emergency manager for any municipality (city, township, county or school district) in a financial emergency as determined by the state treasurer. The emergency manager may dismiss elected boards. He may abrogate any contract that the municipality has negotiated. He may issue bonds to pay the municipality’s expenses for which the residents of the community are responsible—without a vote by the community or the community’s elected representatives.
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