Proposal 4 http://michiganradio.org en Proposal 4 would establish home-help registry; protect workers' right to unionize http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-4-would-establish-home-help-registry-protect-workers-right-unionize <p>There’s a debate in Michigan over whether people who provide in-home help to those with disabilities and some elderly should be guaranteed the right to collective bargaining under a Constitutional amendment.</p><p>That’s part of what Proposal 4 is about.</p><p>Elizabeth Schultz lives in an apartment in Holland with her cat, Kiko.&nbsp; Schultz is college educated, teaches a class at a community mental health agency and is a deacon at her church.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:01:00 +0000 Rina Miller 9650 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 4 would establish home-help registry; protect workers' right to unionize Political Roundup: Collective bargaining, Proposals 2 & 4 http://michiganradio.org/post/political-roundup-collective-bargaining-proposals-2-4 <p>Michigan voters face six questions on November’s ballot. And those questions can be very confusing. Today, we look at two proposals that focus on collective bargaining. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/6-things-know-about-proposal-2-collective-bargaining">Proposal 2</a> would protect collective bargaining in the state constitution, and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-4-collective-bargaining-home-health-aides">Proposal 4</a> would reinstate collective bargaining for in-home health care workers. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:53:52 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 9529 at http://michiganradio.org Political Roundup: Collective bargaining, Proposals 2 & 4 Truth Squad on Prop 4 http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-prop-4 <p>Michigan voters have plenty of homework to do before election day. One of the more complicated of the five proposed amendments to the Michigan Constitution is <a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/sos/Citizens_for_Affordable_Quality_Home_Care_396204_7.pdf">Proposal 4</a>.&nbsp; Michigan Watch teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s <a href="http://michigantruthsquad.com/">Truth Squad</a> to review the ads.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:54:16 +0000 Lester Graham 9497 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad on Prop 4 4 things to know about Proposal 4: Collective bargaining for home health aides http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-4-collective-bargaining-home-health-aides <p>Under the federally-funded <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-PUB-0815_198252_7.pdf">Home Help Services Program</a>, qualifying elderly or disabled residents of Michigan are eligible to receive in-home assistance with personal care and household chores.</p><p>Participants of the program have discretion in the hiring and firing of home health aides, and have their services paid for by Medicaid funds administered through the Michigan departments of Community Health and Human Services.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:13:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9456 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things to know about Proposal 4: Collective bargaining for home health aides Commentary: Home health care amendment http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-home-health-care-amendment <p>Michigan voters next month are going to be asked to decide the fate of five proposed amendments to the state constitution, plus whether they want to keep the Emergency Manager law. Some of the amendments have gotten a lot of publicity, like the one that would require a statewide vote before any new bridge could be constructed.</p><p>The amendment that would guarantee collective bargaining rights is getting attention, as is the one that would require utilities to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:43:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9438 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Home health care amendment CRC to offer webinar on 3 ballot proposals today at 2pm http://michiganradio.org/post/crc-offer-webinar-3-ballot-proposals-today-2pm <p><font face="Arial" size="3">The non-partisan, independent Citizens Research Council has been busy analyzing the <a href="http://www.crcmich.org/election/index.html">six ballot proposals</a> facing Michigan voters.</font></p><p><font face="Arial" size="3">Today at 2 p.m., they're holding an online "webinar" to discuss</font> proposals 1, 2, and 4.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Stand_Up_for_Democracy_396199_7.pdf">Proposal 1: The emergency manager law</a></li><li><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/9-7-2012_Approved_POJ_Ballot_Language_397372_7.pdf">Proposal 2: Collective bargaining</a></li><li><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Citizens_for_Affordable_Quality_Home_Care_396204_7.pdf">Proposal 4: Home health care worker collective bargaining &amp; registry</a></li></ul><p>From the CRC:</p><blockquote><p>CRC will offer summaries of its analyses of the referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011, the proposed constitutional amendments to enshrine the right to collective bargaining in the constitution, and the proposed constitutional amendment to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide limited collective bargaining rights to home health care workers.</p></blockquote><p>To take part in the webinar, you can follow this <a href="https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/309569225">link</a>. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:53:36 +0000 Mark Brush 9414 at http://michiganradio.org CRC to offer webinar on 3 ballot proposals today at 2pm Commentary: Constitutional confusion http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-constitutional-confusion <p>Political scientists generally agree that the United States Constitution is one of the most amazing documents in history.</p><p>It was written 225 years ago, to provide a framework for the government of a small, not very wealthy agricultural nation of less than four million people.</p><p>Today, it still seems to function brilliantly as the fundamental document of a highly technological empire of more than 300-million people. Why does it still work so well?</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:00:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9326 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Constitutional confusion