Constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining

Over the past 18 months, politicians in Lansing have attacked collective bargaining and the rights of workers. In doing so, they have attacked workers’ families and small businesses.  It’s time that middle class families speak out to protect the jobs, wages, benefits and safety of all working people by voting YES on the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining.

The constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining will protect workers by:

  • Establishing the people’s rights to organize, to form, to join or to assist unions.
  • Establishing the people’s rights to bargain collectively regarding their wages, hours and working conditions.
  • Prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights.
  • Prohibiting politicians from interfering with those rights.
  • Providing a needed counterweight to politicians and CEOs, who care more about their huge bonuses than doing what’s right for middle class families.

The constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining will protect non-union workers by:

  • Establishing standards for compensation and benefit levels.
    • Wages and benefits for all workers are higher in states where workers have the right to collectively bargain.  They are substantially lower in states with so-called right-to-work laws.
    • Politicians’ continued attacks on collective bargaining have caused a decline in the wages and benefits of union workers.  There is no pressure on employers of non-union workers to raise wages and benefit levels to stay competitive.  This is an example of how CEOs are attacking the free market for labor in order to increase their profits and bonuses.
  • Establishing standards for working conditions for all workers
    • The 40 hour work week was first established through collective bargaining.
    • Staffing levels and workload limits are established through collective bargaining.
    • Safety standards, protective clothing and equipment were first required by collective bargaining agreements.
    • Protection against being fired for no reason was first established through collective bargaining.

The constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining will protect the community by:

  • Allowing nurses and other medical workers to bargain over patient load to assure the best patient care.
  • Allowing police and fire fighters to bargain staffing levels to assure the best protection of the public.
  • Allowing teachers to bargain class size to create the best education environment for students.
  • Allowing all workers to bargain appropriate training so their work will be of the highest quality and will not endanger the public.
  • Allowing all workers to bargain the ability to speak up regarding work that does not meet code or safety requirements without fear of being fired.

The constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining will protect businesses by:

  • Creating demand for goods and services provided by small, local businesses because working families have the income sufficient to make these purchases.
  • Providing working families with sufficient income so they don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.

The constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining will protect Michigan’s future by:

  • Rebuilding the financial security of Michigan’s working families.
  • Creating demand for the products and services of Michigan’s businesses by providing sufficient income to working families.
  • Assuring young people that they can have a career and raise a family in Michigan because they will have good wages, benefits and working conditions with a Michigan employer.