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Labor Takes Lumps in Michigan
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris

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Posted By:stjohnswood, 11/12/2012 6:01:39 AM

Michigan voters rejected two union-backed efforts to amend that state’s constitution on Tuesday despite heavy spending by big labor and a largely unionized population. Government employees unions led by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) proposed two amendments to the state constitution that would have made collective bargaining a constitutional right (Proposition 2) and forced family members that care for disabled relatives into the union (Proposition 4). Despite the fact that the state’s workforce is 17.5 percent unionized--about 50 percent higher than the national average, according to a 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics study, the most recent available--Proposition 2 lost

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/12/2012 6:17:56 AM     (No. 9008325)

One of the few bright spots in the election outcome The unions in Michigan literally wanted to force people who are taking care of elderly parents to pay union dues.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 11/12/2012 6:41:23 AM     (No. 9008344)

Maybe they can force it Cook County in Illinois.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/12/2012 7:10:23 AM     (No. 9008381)

I think they force union dues on daycare owners also. Pretty sure it´s Mich.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MamaD, 11/12/2012 7:16:23 AM     (No. 9008388)

At least we Michiganders did something right. Plus we reelected Mike Rogers, a fine conservative congressman.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SpencersMom, 11/12/2012 7:28:46 AM     (No. 9008406)

The ads were disgusting. For prop 4 they used very frail elderly people who begged to be able to stay in their homes. The ads blatantly lied by saying the issue was to get state licensing for home health care workers so seniors could get good qualified care. I was very happy my fellow Michiganders didn´t fall for it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/12/2012 7:46:49 AM     (No. 9008431)

I nominate Michigan for first over the cliff.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: leesum, 11/12/2012 7:56:29 AM     (No. 9008443)

The proposals on the ballot were an attempt to lock into the state constitution union power grabs. The collective bargaining in Prop 2 was for public and private unions. It was to ensure that What happened in Wisconsin would not happen in Michigan. Prop 4 was a way to get money to SEIU. Jennifer Granholm approved the unionization of home health care workers even if they were family members and the dues are automatically taken out of the state payments. SEIU is the union receiving the money and they do nothing for the home health care workers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Nimby, 11/12/2012 8:13:12 AM     (No. 9008463)

Why should anyone outside of MI care about their propositions? As you sow, so you reap. Keep your miseries and stupidity to yourselves

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/12/2012 8:39:01 AM     (No. 9008516)

I expect to see more of this. You can tick off blue state voters. They just have a higher threshold of pain. The unionized public utilities aren´t covering themselves with glory in the Sandy clean-up.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MickTurn, 11/12/2012 9:06:59 AM     (No. 9008565)

Unions have made collective bargaining into a bribe and thug scheme...no wonder decent people are rejecting it!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jimK1, 11/12/2012 9:07:13 AM     (No. 9008567)

Michigan won´t be the first over the cliff. For the most part the state is pretty red, yes the blue Detroit, Flint, Saginaw is a huge pain and corrupt as the day is long in july. Michigan had an attempt made by corrupt unions to take over a larger share of the workforce and they were shot down by the voters. Now we need to get the legislature to make us a right to work state. As for the first over the cliff, California and then New York. California is already over, they just haven´t hit the ground yet.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 11/12/2012 9:56:29 AM     (No. 9008699)

As an ex union member I should take exception to all that is said here, however, it´s all true. Unions care nothing for anything but the union. I have seen first hand how they will take care of the leadership and screw the members. Hopefully we will have a right to work country in the future.

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