Proposal 2: Collective Bargaining

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Proposal 2 is one of five proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. If passed, it would give public and private employees the constitutional right to bargain collectively.

"Proposal 2 has been brought to the voters of Michigan by organized labor basically to hettle off any potential 'Right to Work' legislation," said Craig Ruff, senior police fellow at Public Sector Consultants.

Supporters say it'll protect workers' rights and help employees negotiate fair contracts. However, opponents say collective bargaining is alive and well in Michigan and there's no need to amend the constitution.

"The attorney general of Michigan estimates that there could be 170 individual laws in Michigan that will have to be re-examined if Proposal 2 is adopted.

So there's also the fear that adopting Proposal 2 could repeal laws that are already in place. Exactly how far-reaching it'll be is still unknown.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2012 at 07:33 PM
    I feel sorry for the people who have drank the kool-aid that this is an essential prop. There is already plenty of collective bargaining going on. Last I checked the UAW isn't hurting. All this prop does is ensure unions can't get run out of town once the people wise up.
  • by Stephen Stofflet Location: Charlotte on Nov 6, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Sad to see so many comments vilifying Prop 2... how many of you appreciate a 40 hour work week (as opposed to 60 or 80), paid vacation/sick time, health benefits, safety precautions at work, and a fair wage for the time you spend at your job? Without this protection, there is a pretty good chance that you'll be looking at corporations chipping away at all of these. This protects the ability to collectively bargain - it doesn't force unions into companies where the employees don't want them: but it does allow (democracy, here) people to choose; and prohibits special interest groups from controlling that choice.
  • by Cletus Location: Lansing on Nov 5, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    Unions have spent the last 3 decades chasing industry out of this state, and DUES PAYING UNION WORKERS went away with it! Now they're to the point where they're short on money to funnel into their special interests (read: democrats) This proposal is about boosting union membership so that the unions will once again have bulging bank accounts to sway politics in THEIR direction! Don't just vote NO on Prop2, vote AW HELL NO on Prop2!
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 5, 2012 at 02:05 AM
    Prop. 2 is a power grab by the greedy union bosses! Vote no on Prop.2.
  • by Alex Location: Franklin on Nov 4, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    Let's focus on the facts: FACT: No other state has a constitutional amendment like this. FACT: Between 100 and 170 laws will be invalidated because of the passage of 2. FACT: The MLive Media Group, the Michigan Press Association, the Daily Telegram (Adrian), the Holland Sentinel, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the Battle Creek Enquirer, the Livingston Daily, the Lansing State Journal, the Michigan Sheriff's Association, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and the Michigan Association of School Boards have come out against Prop 2. Join us against Proposal 2 in Michigan. Like us at No corporate funding, no attack ads, just concerned citizens that think this is a very bad amendment.
  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Nov 2, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    Prop 2 is nothing but a Union Power Grab...... OK you Union Supported Folks who pay Union Dues....Do you really know where your dues are being funneled to? Didn't think so. I'm amazed that some folks I talk to are complaining that they have to pay for each arbitration on Union Grievances, but, when it comes Unions paying for Political Coffers there is no issue.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    The sky is falling, the sky is falling! The evil John Engler had a Repub. legislature and never attempted to pass right to work law. This is a Union State and needs no new constitutional law to swing the power to the unions. The union power will keep the law makers even handed. Good night on Prop.2!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Location on Nov 1, 2012 at 09:45 AM
    If we don't pass this every bus driver is going to be drunk on the job. Our kids just won't be safe. Oh wait, they aren't safe from their educators now. There is a story on this very website about a principal molesting two boys. Fire Fighters will be back to horse drawn wagons and hand water pumps. Police will be back to horses, whistles and clubs. Students will be forced to do there schoolwork on slate boards by candlelight. What a pile this prop is. Half the public workers out there say this is a croc. This is a UNION POWER GRAB. Of course the union bosses want to push it as essential to the survival of man kind because it will further solidify their ability to do nothing and get paid outrageous amounts of money for it. Lets pass prop 2 and take this state back to the 20's when things were run by mob bosses, conveniently renamed union bosses after the FBI and Treasury Dept. started cracking the whip and prohibition ended.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    Correction to ""The attorney general of Michigan estimates that there could be 170 individual laws in Michigan that will have to be re-examined if Proposal 2 is adopted." That should say might have to be re-examined, not will.
  • by Steve Location: Dewitt on Oct 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Collective bargaining is only alive in well in Michigan until the Gov. Passes right to work legislation that will completely over ride any collective bargaining. It will allow them to void contacts at will. Of course I know I am wasting my time typing this because you never posted my objections to prop 1 or ^ because you have an agenda....
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