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Prop 2: Amending State's constitution on collective bargaining

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PROPOSAL 12-2:  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 or 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.

 If you vote YES, it means you believe collective bargaining should be a constitutional right in our state.  You support the rights of workers to organize, join or assist unions and to bargain collectively with public or private employers regarding wages, hours and other employment conditions.  It means you want to prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for exercising those rights, prohibits state and local governments from interfering with those rights, and prohibits government from blocking agreements respecting employees' financial support to their union.  It also means you want to protect current laws establishing minimum wages, hours and working conditions.

 If you vote NO, it means you want the state to continue to have the ability to regular labor activities for both public and private employees.  Voting NO means you don't want to see the elimination of existing laws affecting both employees and job providers.   It means you don't believe workers should be forced to join a union or pay dues to political organizations they don't support just because the union they belong to does.   You also are fearful that, if Proposal 2 passes, it would be difficult for future elected leaders in Michigan to adapt to changing conditions.

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