A proposal to amend the state constitution regarding collective bargaining
This proposal would:
- Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.
- Invalidate existing or future state of local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees' financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.
- Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements
- Define "employer" as a person or entity employing one or more employees.
People voting "Yes" say:
- All workers need the right to organize to form, join or assist unions, and to bargain and negotiate in order to receive a fair contract and a living wage, to be guaranteed by the constitution. Elected officials should not be able to interfere with that right.
- Workers deserve an opportunity to fairly negotiate with their employer
- Collective bargaining protects workers from devastating cuts to their wages, benefits, and working conditions. Michigan's citizens need protections in this uncertain economy.
People voting "No" say:
- This amendment will repeal an unknown number of existing laws, including those that detail the hiring, firing, and discipline processes for police, fire fighters, and teachers. No one knows how those critical services will be affected
- This amendment would significantly limit the state government's ability to negotiate state workers and the labor activities of private employees.
- It would be unwise to lock this proposal in the Constitution as it would hinder lawmakers from adapting to changing conditions.