One Sign the Left if Sure to Ignore

As of this morn­ing, the tally was a 58 to 42 per­cent loss.  Given that it was in Michi­gan, you have to sug­gest that even blue col­lar labor unions are start­ing to get wise to what white col­lar pub­lic employee unions are try­ing to force upon them.

Michi­gan vot­ers rejected a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that sup­port­ers said would strengthen collective-bargaining rights, and oppo­nents argued would drive busi­ness away by giv­ing unions too much power.

The loss for Pro­posal 2 was pro­jected by the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV.

The amend­ment would have blocked so-called right-to-work laws in which union mem­ber­ship can­not be a con­di­tion of employ­ment. Oppo­nents, led by busi­ness groups, said the mea­sure would have increased tax­payer costs by over­rid­ing dozens of laws, such as a 2011 statute requir­ing pub­lic employ­ees to pay 20 per­cent of health-insurance premiums.

The vote was a “stag­ger­ing defeat” for union lead­ers, said Jared Rodriguez, a spokesman for Pro­tect­ing Michi­gan Tax­pay­ers, the business-led coali­tion oppos­ing Pro­posal 2. “Vot­ers and union mem­bers sent a crystal-clear mes­sage to the union bosses today that union busi­ness has no place in Michigan’s con­sti­tu­tion,” Rodriguez said in an e-mailed statement.

The bal­lot issue was the result of a peti­tion drive by a union-led coali­tion after Wis­con­sin in 2011 stripped some collective-bargaining rights from pub­lic employ­ees and Indi­ana’s pas­sage this year of a right-to-work law. The Wis­con­sin move led to an unsuc­cess­ful recall drive against Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Scott Walker.

Pro­posal 2 sup­port­ers said the state went too far with laws that made it eas­ier for schools to fire teach­ers, ban union-dues col­lec­tions by gov­ern­ment enti­ties and allow state-appointed emer­gency man­agers to can­cel union con­tracts in finan­cially dis­tressed cities and school districts.

Yeah, fir­ing bad teach­ers and ask­ing mem­bers to cut a check instead of just steal­ing from their pay­checks.  Those bastards.


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