collective bargaining http://michiganradio.org en Police officers, firefighters push for exemption from bargaining law http://michiganradio.org/post/police-officers-firefighters-push-exemption-bargaining-law <p>Police and firefighter unions are pushing to be exempt from a state law that puts limits on municipal union contracts. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A state Senate committee takes up <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(gvgzv2ms20lftd450tvkupew))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2014-SB-0850">the bill </a>Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It used to be that when municipal unions bargained a new contract that included a pay increase, those raises would be retroactive to when the last contract expired.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:33:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 17849 at http://michiganradio.org Police officers, firefighters push for exemption from bargaining law Legislation would allow petition campaigns to cap public employee benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-would-allow-petition-campaigns-cap-public-employee-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s legislation pending in Lansing that would allow voters to amend local charters to cap public employee compensation and benefits.</span></p><p>Courts have held that local initiatives don’t trump collective bargaining rights.</p><p>Former state Representative Leon Drolet heads the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. He says the legislation is an effort to get around that, to let voters run ballot drives and amend city charters.</p><p>“There would still be a collective bargaining process,” Drolet explained. “They would still set benefit levels, but there would be a cap on what the city could agree to, and what could be part of that negotiating process. Right now, there’s no cap.”</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:17:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 13573 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation would allow petition campaigns to cap public employee benefits Collective bargaining rights could be enshrined in Michigan's Constitution http://michiganradio.org/post/collective-bargaining-rights-could-be-enshrined-michigans-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 http://michiganradio.org Collective bargaining rights could be enshrined in Michigan's Constitution Stakes are high in Michigan's Proposal 2 campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/stakes-are-high-michigans-proposal-2-campaign <p>Michigan's Proposal 2 ballot campaign is being watched across the country. The proposal seeks to enshrine collective bargaining rights for public and private employees into the Michigan Constitution.</p><p>Steven Greenhouse wrote about the implications of Michigan's Proposal 2 in a recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/business/in-midwest-labor-presses-for-a-vote-to-lock-in-union-rights.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">New York Times</a> piece.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:28:23 +0000 Mark Brush 9651 at http://michiganradio.org Stakes are high in Michigan's Proposal 2 campaign Snyder: Proposal 2 is not a referendum on right-to-work laws http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-proposal-2-not-referendum-right-work-laws <p>Governor Rick Snyder says Proposal 2 should not be viewed as a referendum on whether Michigan becomes a right-to-work state that outlaws compulsory union membership.</p><p>Proposal 2 would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder opposes Proposal 2. He says it not only guarantees collective bargaining, but would be a sweeping re-write of labor laws as they deal with public employees.</p><p>“Proposal 2 could be devastating, in my view, of what it could do to the economic recovery in Michigan, but people need to make their own assessment of how to vote,” he said.</p><p>But he said rejecting the proposal would not convince him Michigan is ready to become a right-to-work state.&nbsp;</p><p>“I don’t view it as just a green light to go ahead,” he said.</p><p>The governor has asked the Legislature to stay away from the right-to-work debate because it’s too divisive. But he has not said what he would do if the Legislature sent a bill to his desk.</p><p>One of the leading proponents of right to work in the Legislature says he won’t push the issue until he has the governor’s support.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:16:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 9613 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Proposal 2 is not a referendum on right-to-work laws 6 things to know about Proposal 2; Collective bargaining http://michiganradio.org/post/6-things-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="https://www.nlrb.gov/national-labor-relations-act">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 http://michiganradio.org 6 things to know about Proposal 2; Collective bargaining Commentary: Collective bargaining http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Collective bargaining Michigan AG weighs in on collective bargaining ballot proposal ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ag-weighs-collective-bargaining-ballot-proposal-ruling <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals said a proposed ballot question to put collective bargaining rights in the state’s constitution should be put before voters in November.</p><p>The court ruled today that the petition campaign collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.</p><p>Opponents are expected to file an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.</p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette is among those opposed to the ‘Protect Our Jobs’ amendment.</p><p>He said the proposal’s potential effect is too complex for the simple wording of a constitutional amendment.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 8839 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan AG weighs in on collective bargaining ballot proposal ruling Michigan high court orders lower court to rule on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-high-court-orders-lower-court-rule-protect-our-jobs-ballot-proposal <p>The <a href="http://coa.courts.mi.gov/documents/SCT/PUBLIC/ORDERS/20120821_S145684_42_145684_2012-08-21_or.pdf">Michigan Supreme Court ordered</a> the Court of Appeals to issue a ruling by Monday on whether the "Protect Our Jobs" constitutional amendment proposal should go on the November ballot.</p><p>The referendum seeks to to protect collective bargaining rights in Michigan.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:40:14 +0000 Mark Brush 8764 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan high court orders lower court to rule on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot proposal Court of Appeals weighs in on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot question http://michiganradio.org/post/court-appeals-weighs-protect-our-jobs-ballot-question <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals hears arguments tomorrow over whether a ballot initiative to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution should be on the November ballot. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:53:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 8753 at http://michiganradio.org Court of Appeals weighs in on "Protect Our Jobs" ballot question Michigan Court of Appeals to hear worker rights proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-hear-worker-rights-proposal <p>More ballot measure news today as Michigan voters face a November election that will likely include&nbsp; about a half a dozen ballot measures.</p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear arguments next week from supporters and opponents of a ballot measure that seeks to add collective bargaining rights for workers into the state constitution.</p><p>A group called Protect Our Jobs collected nearly 700,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. The group Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution challenged the petition, saying the ballot proposal was unconstitutionally broad.</p><p>In an order released today, the court says oral arguments in the case will be heard Wednesday in Lansing.<br><br>An appeal to the court was made after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 this week on the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal.<br> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:49:09 +0000 Mark Brush 8718 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals to hear worker rights proposal Race is on to impose contract terms on Detroit city unions http://michiganradio.org/post/race-impose-contract-terms-detroit-city-unions <p>The race is on to impose new contracts on Detroit&rsquo;s city unions, and city officials made the case for doing that before the Detroit City Council on Monday.</p><p>Detroit&rsquo;s consent agreement with the state essentially allows it to get around the collective bargaining process.</p><p>Mayor Dave Bing has proposed new contract terms that will cut wages by 10 percent and drastically change work rules for most city workers.</p><p>But that&rsquo;s not all. City officials also want the power to alter contract terms at almost any point.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:31:18 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8299 at http://michiganradio.org Elections officials refuse to block ballot question http://michiganradio.org/post/elections-officials-refuse-block-ballot-question <p>The state Court of Appeals could be the next stop for a business group that&rsquo;s trying to keep a proposal to protect collective bargaining off the November ballot. That&rsquo;s after state elections officials said they don&rsquo;t have the legal authority to block the question.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The business-backed group Citizens Protecting Michigan&rsquo;s Constitution asked the Secretary of State to rule a question not eligible to appear on the ballot &ndash; even though the union-backed petition drive collected 650,000 names. That&rsquo;s double the number needed. But the business group says the question itself is broad and sweeping when it should be narrow in scope.</p><p>The ballot question would amend the state constitution to guarantee collective bargaining rights and preempt a right-to-work law in Michigan. It would also roll back Republican-sponsored efforts to limit union fundraising and organizing.</p><p>The state&rsquo;s election director says in a letter that the law does not give the Secretary of State the authority to unilaterally declare a question invalid. Attorneys say they may seek a court order to keep the question off the ballot. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:36:17 +0000 Rick Pluta 8117 at http://michiganradio.org Elections officials refuse to block ballot question Grand Rapids City not willing to narrow abortion coverage for city employees http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-city-not-willing-narrow-abortion-coverage-city-employees <p>Despite some public pressure, Grand Rapids City Commissioners declined to support a proposal&nbsp;that would restrict abortion coverage for city workers. A group turned in more than a thousand signatures in favor of the proposal last month.</p><p>Health insurance for Grand Rapids city workers does not cover any elective surgeries. So abortions are only covered when deemed &ldquo;medically necessary&rdquo;. The proposal would&rsquo;ve defined that to mean only in cases of rape, incest and to protect the health of the mother.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 06:48:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7859 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids City not willing to narrow abortion coverage for city employees Troy protest targets controversial Wisconsin Governor http://michiganradio.org/post/troy-protest-targets-controversial-wisconsin-governor <p>Protesters lined a busy thoroughfare in Troy Tuesday evening.</p><p>Attendees pulling into the parking lot at the San Marino Club for the Ronald Reagan Memorial Dinner were booed by the protesters, who were there to <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120417/POLITICS03/204170441/1361/Protesters-greet-Wisconsin-Gov.-Walker-in-Troy">protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker&rsquo;s appearance</a> at the Oakland County Republican fundraiser.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 02:55:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7081 at http://michiganradio.org Troy protest targets controversial Wisconsin Governor Detroit union coalition wins a day in court; another legal hurdle for consent agreement? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-union-coalition-wins-day-court-another-legal-hurdle-consent-agreement <p>A coalition of Detroit city unions has <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/state/judge-grants-unions-show-cause-hearing-against-state">won a hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court</a>.</p><p>The unions want a proposed consent agreement between Detroit and the state thrown out because of alleged Open Meetings Act violations.</p><p>They say state and city leaders inappropriately met on 44 separate occasions to draft the proposed consent agreement now being considered by the Detroit City Council.</p> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:33:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6859 at http://michiganradio.org Collective bargaining ballot question goes before state election board http://michiganradio.org/post/collective-bargaining-ballot-question-goes-state-election-board <p>A union-led effort to amend the Michigan Constitution to guarantee labor bargaining rights will go before a state elections panel today.</p><p>The Protect Our Jobs campaign will ask the Board of State Canvassers to pre-approve its petition to get on the November ballot.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:49:52 +0000 Rick Pluta 6684 at http://michiganradio.org Collective bargaining ballot question goes before state election board Richardville latest to take on Michigan grad student unionization http://michiganradio.org/post/richardville-latest-take-michigan-grad-student-unionization <p>The drama over University of Michigan graduate student research assistants and whether or not they can unionize continues to unfold, this time with State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville weighing in.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:29:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6268 at http://michiganradio.org Richardville latest to take on Michigan grad student unionization Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-mike-shirkey-defends-right-work-legislation <p><strong>CORRECTION - </strong>An earlier version of this story&nbsp;stated that&nbsp;Right To&nbsp;Work&nbsp;legislation had already been introduced in the Michigan House. It has not. Representative&nbsp;Shirkey plans to introduce the legislation soon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Right-to-work laws would prohibit workers from being required to join a union or pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.</p><p>Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey&nbsp;plans to&nbsp;introduce right-to-work legislation in the House.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:09:28 +0000 Mercedes Mejia, Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 5916 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation State workers balk at call for more cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/state-workers-balk-call-more-cuts <pre> State workers say they&rsquo;ve already sacrificed their fair share to help alleviate Michigan&rsquo;s budget crisis. </pre> <pre> That was the rallying cry of hundreds of union workers who <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110725/POLITICS02/107250339/1409/metro/State-workers-to-rally-today-in-Detroit-over-possible-concessions">protested outside state offices in Detroit Monday</a>. Governor Snyder wants another $260 million in concessions from state workers </pre> <pre> But Ray Holman, a legislative liaison for UAW Local 6000, says that&rsquo;s unfair. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:22:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3455 at http://michiganradio.org State workers balk at call for more cuts