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.