Opponents of a ballot initiative in Michigan continue to speak
out in advance of the November vote.
The measure is called Proposal 2, a ballot initiative in
Michigan that aims to grant public and private employees the
constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through
labor unions. Opponents argue the measure would enshrine
unionization in Michigan's constitution. (See
earlier article on Prop. 2)
Fred Wszolek, conservative columnist and spokesman for the
Washington, DC-based Workforce Fairness Institute, offers these
"Collective bargaining for private
sector employees is protected by federal law," he says. "It doesn't
need any further enshrining in any state constitution to be
"But what they're trying to do is to make it so that public
employees can basically veto the state legislature; that anything
negotiated in a union contract that they agree to would supersede
any law passed by any government body."
Wszolek provides some examples of what such a law could
"One of the laws in Michigan requires criminal background checks
for school employees" he explains. "There's a law that requires
certain safety standards for school bus drivers. The union could
try to negotiate a contract to undo those laws."
While it does not use the word "enshrine," the ballot language presented to the voter does state,
among other things, that Prop. 2 would "invalidate existing or
future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions
and bargain collectively."
Meanwhile, Prop. 2 would "override state laws that regulate
hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws
conflict with collective bargaining agreements."