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What 'Protect Our Jobs' Approval Could Mean for Michigan

Posted by: Peter Broderick on 9/12/2012

(Original link from Between Headlines unavailable.)

The union-backed proposal known as “Protect Our Jobs” has mostly been sold to the public 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. But the proposal is a far-reaching and unprecedented re-writing of a host of Michigan laws that could have severe ramifications on the state.

Challenges to the ballot proposal hinged on the fact that the proposed constitutional amendment went too far and changed too many existing laws, but a protracted battle through the court system ended with the proposal being allowed on the ballot Nov. 6.

According to Attorney General Bill Schuette, notable laws that will be impacted if the ballot question passes include:

  • The Public Employment Relations Act
  • The Revised School Code
  • The Compulsory Arbitration Act
  • The Employment Relations Commission Act
  • The Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act
  • The Home Rule City Act
  • The Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act
  • The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The Michigan Worker's Disability Compensation Act of 1963
  • Portions of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and Persons with Disabilities Act
  • The State Ethics Act
  • The Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act
  • The Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act

Many of these laws reflect the results of decades of lobbying and advocacy efforts of MASB and the larger education community.

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