Biz Group Asks Secretary of State to Block Union Ballot Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Opponents of a proposal to write collective bargaining rights for workers into the Michigan Constitution have filed a challenge to keep it off the November ballot.
Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson asking her to reject the 684,286 signatures filed last week to get the "Protect Our Jobs" petition on the ballot.
Opponents say the union-backed petition language doesn't make it clear that up to 80 Michigan laws could be changed if voters approve the measure.
Dan Lijana of Protect Our Jobs says the challenge comes from "corporate interests" trying to make an "end run" around the democratic process. He says twice the minimum number of signatures were submitted.
The secretary of state's office is reviewing the letter.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    Having worked in a non-union shop, I can tell you from experience that non-union employers treat their workers like slave, pieces of meat, etc. And, in Michigan, if you are not a member of an union, as a worker you will have no rights.
  • by Anthony on Jun 22, 2012 at 06:25 PM
    Unions were great in the 30s. Not needed any longer unless you are lazy and don't want to do your job.
  • by A Patriot Location: Lansing on Jun 22, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Wow---no one saw that coming...what a surprise (sarcasm inserted here)
  • by Joe Location: Charlotte on Jun 22, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    I collected signatures for this campaign. It was VERY clear what this amendment would do for our state. Let democracy play out people! This is what is wrong with our government. If people think it is a bunch of hogwash then they will speak in November. If people think this state needs to stop the assault, they will speak in November. Either way, we did our part. The technicalities need to stop on both sides of the fence!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 08:08 AM in reply to Joe
      Amazing, the liberal dont like the conservatives using their playbook. If roles were reverse people would be saying the exact opposite.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 03:17 AM
    Proper English instead of slang.
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