Snyder, Schuette Try To Block Ballot Initiative

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are trying to to block a statewide ballot initiative aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights for workers.
Snyder and Schuette filed court papers on Monday that would scuttle the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal. The plan would write collective bargaining rights into the Michigan Constitution by placing the issue before voters in the November general election.
An appeal was made after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 last week on the ballot proposal by sponsors of Protect Our Jobs.
Nearly 700,000 signatures were filed to get the measure on the ballot.
Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution challenged the signatures, complaining that the ballot proposal was unconstitutionally broad.
The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case Wednesday in Lansing.


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  • by brant on Aug 22, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    I love how the pro-union drones love to throw numbers around supporting those they think are in support of them. Problem is that those are union people already. The majority of the thinking public realizes that unions do nothing but increase costs, throw up unnecessary roadblocks, and pay their bosses a pretty penny. Welcome to the 21st century. Unions haven't been needed for decades.
  • by Jesse Location: Jackson on Aug 22, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    Look around you. The greatest acheivements that Americans have made, including big skyscrapers, bridges, roads, military facilities, and almost every major construction project in America were built by union workers. They are what has made America what it is today. People who are non-union do not like the fact that someone else earns a good wage and benefits. The real issue is that they work for a non-union company who has paid politicians to prevent bargaining in order to make more money by not giving it to their workers. Non-union workers should be weary of giving their possible future bargaining rights away to greedy business owners. Once it is gone, there is no reason for companies to ever give any benefits or raises. So if you love minimum wage jobs, vote for right to work and vote down constitutional bargaining rights and lets make some business owners more money. Mitt Romney beleives if you give the rich more money and tax breaks, they will hire more minimum wage workers. I believe he is right!!
  • by Shelly Location: DeWitt Township on Aug 22, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    I do not understand how these two clowns can say that they represent the people and then completely go against almost 700,000 of them when only 300,000 signatures were needed..
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to Shelly
      But there aer over 10 million people in michigan. the health care got something on the ballot and it was soundly defeated.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    100 words that change over 100 laws, how can you agree to that.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Unions have made and continue to promise things they cannot afford. Everyone gets mad when they have to give and not benefit to sustain promises that can't be kept. No one seems to plan for sustainability in poor economic times. Non-union are forced to pay more to sustain what they do not benefit from. Taxpayers pay more through milleages to sustain promises that cannot be followed through. Today's employees are paying for previous employees in hopes they will see some money. Our kids will pay even more to sustain promises made to us. I agree with unions only about keeping employees safe and demanding safety. However, pay and benefits should not be shouldered on those who do not receive any benefit from pay and benefits. While everyone is on pay freeze, union has made promises and must pay the increases. Everyone else is left behind. It is a dog eat dog world and everyone needs to take the bite.
  • by Elaine on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    Why would they not want to allow the average person to have input into the collective bargaining rights? I thought the government was supposed to represent the people; all the people and what the majority wants.
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      by lcleejr on Aug 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM in reply to Elaine
      one of the main objectives of republican politicians is to attempt to break all unions, this allows wealthy business owners to increase profits by keeping wages low.
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        by Elaine on Aug 22, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to lcleejr
        I agree
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        by brant on Aug 22, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to lcleejr
        You're exactly correct... if this was 1920. But it's not, so you're way off.
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          by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to brant
          in the 1920's, it was the democrats who was rich and former slave owners.
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