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Michigan Right-to-Work Groups Starting the Fight to Protect the Law Passed in 2012

Michigan Right-to-Work Groups Starting the Fight to Protect the Law Passed in 2012

The ballot measure would protect the right-to-work policy by adding it to the state constitution.

Michigan Right-to-Work groups are now starting to do the work for a potential ballot measure. The trifecta in Michigan is pushing through legislation to repeal the 2012 Right-to-Work law. 

The ballot measure would protect the policy by adding it to the state constitution. Jonathan Oosting, from Bridge Michigan, reports

But even if Whitmer signed referendum-proof legislation, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution would trump any Democratic repeal law and preserve Right-to-Work indefinitely.

Putting a proposal for a constitutional amendment on the 2024 ballot would require more than 450,000 valid voter signatures. And it would be the latest front in a right-to-work battle that has raged for more than a decade.

Michigan unions, led by then-United Auto Workers President Bob King, attempted to pre-empt a Right-to-Work push with a 2012 ballot proposal that would have enshrined collective bargaining rights in the state Constitution. 

The ballot battle ended with a stinging defeat for union backers, however. The measure failed by 14 percentage points, with opposition from 57 percent of voters and support from 43 percent.


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Right to work has a simple justification in common law: X and Y cannot gain more rights against Z by combining forces than they had individually. In particular, they can’t force Z to negotiate with them.

Epstein at about 12:25 on freedom to contract – “When they combine their resources, do not have any greater (or lesser) claims against third parties than they did when they acted separately.”

The best podcast you’ll ever hear, I guarantee it.

Michigan’s commies are going full out commie ala cali.
Gun control laws being put up as well as RTW.
Prior to wHitler we had Grandmole the present energy twit under pedo joe. She and the unions made families who were taking care of family members needing help pay union dues.
It was a lot later ruled illegal, but the money was stolen by her and the unions.
Mackinaw Center would be better off putting up a Constitutional amendment outlawing government unions.

    alaskabob in reply to 4fun. | March 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Per Lenin… the path to communism is through the trade unions. The path is being cleared by teh Dems.

Michigan elections are totally fraudulent. Nothing can change the system there.

It’s a bummer. I’d sign the petition. I think it was an intern at a think tank or something that uncovered the union’s attempt to make collective bargaining part of the constitution.

they don’t care about people, they care about power. Them union dues go a long way.

E Howard Hunt | March 10, 2023 at 8:58 am

All of the remaining sane states should band together and craft a comprehensive plan to induce the productive and right-thinking in the insane states to relocate.

Right to work merely says that a person can’t be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. The ‘right to collective bargaining” is different.

But, but…this is the easiest way for us to take money from the people and funnel it into our campaigns. What do you want us to do, wait for them to voluntarily give it to us? Please!