Still Strong Support for Collective Bargaining in Michigan
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Despite Tuesday’s landslide loss for Proposal 2 that would have enshrined collective bargaining in Michigan’s constitution, labor leaders say there’s still strong support for collective bargaining in the state.
The heads of the United Auto Workers, Michigan Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and other unions say they will continue to work to block any potential restrictions on collective bargain, including any efforts to make Michigan a right-to-work state.
And while Proposal 2 was defeated by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin, the union groups say a recent poll of 500 Michigan voters conducted Monday and Tuesday by Lake Research Partners shows that 70 percent support the rights of workers to collectively bargain.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear Governor Rick Snyder has any plans to push an effort to make Michigan a right-to-work state, telling reporters yesterday (Wednesday) that he doesn’t have right-to-work on his agenda.
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