State Proposal Asks Voters if Collective Bargaining Should be Added to Constitution
Proposal 2 will ask voters to amend the Michigan Constitution to address collective bargaining rights; this proposal appears on the Nov. 6 ballot.
From Ford's 40-hour work week to the legendary contract negotiations of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, the roots of collective bargaining run deep in Michigan.
Voters will have the opportunity to decide the future of collective bargaining in Michigan Nov. 6, when a state ballot proposal will ask to amend the 1963 Michigan Constitution to protect the right of public and private sector employees to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining despite current or future laws that might seek to restrict it.
The following language for proposal 12-2 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:
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.
Should this proposal be approved?
If you vote:
Yes – The Michigan Constitution would be amended to protect the right of public and private sector employees to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. While the state would still be allowed to prohibit strikes by public sector employees, this proposal would effectively restrict the ability of state legislators from enacting right to work laws.
No – Collective bargaining would be regulated by state laws currently in place. The state's civil service commission would continue to create the work rules and conditions of employment for state employees. Employee organizations would still negotiate with the state employer on matters not covered by the commission's rules.