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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
The union-backed proposal known as "Protect Our Jobs" has mostly been sold as enshrining collective bargaining privileges into the Michigan Constitution and fending off a right-to-work law that could be passed at some point in the future.
If this goes through, it'd be wise to bail from Michigan before the rubes figure out what this is going to do to folks taxes.
'Protect Our Jobs' has advertised that 700,000 signatures were collected for their constitution re-writing initiative.
Many might have missed this. Some things need to be reported a little differently:
"Despite repeated claims from POJ spokesman Dan Lijana in statements to the media, from union attorney Andrew Nickelhoff in court and in legal filings, and from the Michigan Democratic Party on a recent television commercial that "nearly 700,000" signatures were submitted to support the union-boss ballot proposal, according to the official staff report from the Michigan Secretary of State only 554,375 signatures were submitted. Elections staff further estimated that fewer than 490,000 of those signatures were valid."DOH!
OK never mind that.
At least POJ has the backing of the larger business community as a whole. I mean even when you take out the hobby businesses of labor boss wives, the liquor depots, other businesses on special 'insurance' plans, and tattoo parlors, you still would be close to the majority of business owners wanting a union takeover of our government, right? Heck, as POJ reports:
"Today, the Protect Our Jobs campaign announced that more than 500 small business owners across Michigan support the right of working families to collectively bargain.I keep forgetting.. Collective bargaining is .. magic.
So is their adding machine.
Given the 377 "endorsements" listed on their FULL Listing.(I have saved a list for reference in excel format) The 500 figure is somewhat like a presidential mileage mandate. "YOU ARE 500, DARN YOU!" and poof.
Or not. Majorly. Epic. Recurring. Fail.
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OH my! The unintended costs of pursuing such initiatives!
You know, the one proposed by the POJ group?
Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (CPMC)in a press release today warned about far-reaching effects and unintended consequences of the proposed hijacking of the constitution being hidden from voters by outside special interest groups behind the proposal. In a confusing manner, the initiative has effects that could corkscrew into all manner of current law. According to CPMC:
"Among the proposal's unintended consequences is a likely repeal of Public Act 312, Michigan's "binding arbitration" law enjoyed by police and firefighters unions during contract negotiations.Now.. frankly I am not a big fan of 312. Without it, when they strike, we could just fire their greedy asses.
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