Proposal 2 in Michigan: Collective Bargaining en The big question: after Governor Snyder says he'll sign Right to Work... what happens next? <p>What a week it was.</p><p>Shouting and chanting filled the halls and rotunda of the State Capitol building on Thursday as Right to Work bills <a href="">made their way into the state House and Senate</a>. And, more protests are likely this week as the Legislature will take what are likely the final votes to send this so-called “right to work”-&nbsp; or “freedom to work” bills as they’re known to some supporters and “right to work for less” if you’re on the union side – to the governor’s desk.</p><p>And Snyder will almost certainly sign them. This week, <a href="">within the space of 72 hours</a>, right-to-work went from “not on my agenda” to “on THE agenda” to Governor Snyder embracing the issue… even after months – years, really – of saying he didn’t want to take up such a divisive issue.</p><p>Here at<a href=""> <em>It’s Just Politics</em></a>, we’re wondering if it’s about time that the phrase “not on my agenda” has to be retired. The Governor has used the <a href="">“not on my agenda” phrase before</a> – over the issue of repealing the motorcycle helmet law and domestic partner benefits – and, yet, when these issues actually reach his desk: he signs them.</p><p>So, the question this week is: what changed in the Governor’s mind? What made him give-in? Was it simply a matter of inevitability? Right-to-work had just kind of taken on a life of its own after <a href="">voters knocked down Proposal Two</a> and a lot of interest groups were arguing that that could be interpreted as a referendum on “right-to-work” by Michigan voters; some Republican lawmakers took it as a sign that now was the time to try and introduce the issue. Maybe the governor just had to make the best deal he could once it became clear he was getting a right-to-work bill no matter what.<br><br>It certainly makes his life less complicated <a href="">vis a vis a potential Republican primary in 2014</a>. But it does complicate his general election prospects when this will almost certainly be used against him. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 17:03:29 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta & rick 10276 at The big question: after Governor Snyder says he'll sign Right to Work... what happens next? Commentary: Something in America has changed <p></p><p>The election is now only four days away, and I’ve been thinking about what will happen afterward.</p><p>Earlier this week, I received a nasty phone call from a woman named Bonnie.</p><p>She believes President Obama is evil, and a traitor.</p><p>She thinks the media are covering up the truth behind the killing of the American ambassador to Libya.</p><p>She was also upset that we are covering up the “fact,” as she put it, that President Obama’s family were all Communists.</p><p>I told her, in not very polite terms, that was idiotic.</p><p>She began screaming and I hung up.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:35:40 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9747 at Commentary: Something in America has changed Collective bargaining rights could be enshrined in Michigan's Constitution <p>Voters in Michigan could make some big changes to the Michigan Constitution on November 6th. They’ll decide on five proposed amendments to Michigan’s guiding legal document.</p><p>Proposal 2 would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state Constitution.</p><p>Those supporting Proposal 2 say they’re just trying to protect workers’ rights. Labor unions around the Midwest have been feeling squeezed. The legislature in Wisconsin stripped public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mark Brush 9714 at Collective bargaining rights could be enshrined in Michigan's Constitution Stateside: Proposal Clarification <p>It’s a big election for<a href=""> Michigan ballot proposals.</a></p><p>To help clarify Proposals Two and Four, Cyndy spoke with Michigan Radio Lansing Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta.</p><p>Listen to Pluta’s insight in the above audio clip.</p><p>Read more about <a href="">Proposal Two</a> and<a href=""> Proposal Four</a>.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:26:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9625 at Stateside: Proposal Clarification 6 things to know about Proposal 2; Collective bargaining <p>Michigan voters are faced with a choice:</p><p><em>Should the right to collective bargaining for all Michigan workers be enshrined in the Michigan Constitution?</em></p><p>The amendment would affect the rights of <em>workers in private companies</em> and <em>workers in the public sector</em>.</p><p>If you work for a private company, the right to collectively bargain is upheld by federal law (the&nbsp;<a href="">National Labor Relations Act</a>). But the NLRA does not cover government workers.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:49:48 +0000 Mark Brush 9335 at 6 things to know about Proposal 2; Collective bargaining Truth Squad on Prop 2: Fouls for everyone <p>Five proposed amendments to the state Constitution and one other referendum will appear on the ballot on election day. We’ll see a lot of political commercials in the final weeks before we go to the polls. <a href="">Michigan Watch</a> is teaming up with the <a href="">Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad</a> to look at some of those ads.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9275 at Truth Squad on Prop 2: Fouls for everyone Commentary: Collective bargaining <p>There are five proposed constitutional amendments on the state ballot this fall, and at this point, it is impossible to predict whether any of them will pass or fail.</p><p>But I do think I know which will provoke the most spending: Proposal Two, the amendment that would make collective bargaining a state constitutional right. Unions are going to spend millions to try to get it passed. Chambers of commerce and corporate interests are likely to spend even more to try to make sure it fails. This is seen to some extent as a Battle of Stalingrad for the union movement.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:19:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9243 at Commentary: Collective bargaining