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.
Michigan House Democrats chose to stand with union bosses who bankroll their political campaigns instead of hardworking Michiganders by taking steps to repeal the state’s right to work law.https://t.co/NCTwRy5iD4
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) March 9, 2023
House Bill 4004, repeal of Michigan's right-to-work law for public sector workers, is unconstitutional. The 100,000 teachers, state employees, university and local workers who have withdrawn from union membership over the past decade are still free. https://t.co/bLjaH1lEvA
— Mackinac Center (@MackinacCenter) March 9, 2023
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