A union watchdog says a proposed amendment in Michigan would not
only make union bosses the most powerful people in the state; it would
also have national repercussions.
F. Vincent Vernuccio of the Michigan-based Mackinac Center
says the "Protect Our Jobs" amendment (POJA) sounds innocent, but
it is not.
"What it would effectively
do is give union bosses a veto over legislation -- past,
present and future," he tells OneNewsNow. "Basically, anything
dealing with wages and work rules for government employees could be
overruled by collective bargaining agreements."
If it were to pass, the only way Michigan could become a
right-to-work state would be to add another amendment to the state
constitution. Meanwhile, Vernuccio says the POJA would have
"Both geographically and figuratively, Michigan is right between
Ohio and Wisconsin. And essentially, whichever way Michigan goes
will probably start to set the tone for the rest of the country,"
he suggests. "So, that's a big thing for the Michigan
voters ... this November. The state can either be like
Wisconsin and start creating jobs and stop bowing to special
interests, or it can be like Ohio and Illinois, where the special
interests essentially run the state."
So far, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and the Senate
majority leader have stated their opposition to the measure.
Also, a court of appeals heard a challenge to the
proposal earlier this week, namely that it is too broad and does
not meet state requirements for a ballot proposal to be summed up
in 100 words. The attorney general has also stated that POJA would
repeal over 170 laws and more than a dozen parts of the Michigan