CBS 62 Detroit Senior Producer and Host of Michigan Matters Carol Cain
Michiganders are voting on Proposal 2 which would make it the first state in the nation to have a constitution guaranteeing the right to form a union. Does this help or hurt the state?
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Teamsters President James Hoffa
“ The Protect Working Families initiative will only help rebuild Michigan’s economy.
Rebuttal by Dick DeVos - October 30, 2012 10:41 AM
“ Collective bargaining is guaranteed by both state and federal law. This won’t change no matter what happens with Proposal 2. Just about every newspaper and independent watchdog organization in Michigan, from the Detroit News and Free Press to the Independent Citizens Research Council as concluded the same thing about Proposal 2—it has virtually nothing to do with collective bargaining. Instead, it is a "sweeping overreach" by the government employee unions to hijack Michigan’s constitution, overturn $1.6 billion in recent taxpayer savings and invalidate over 170 laws, including many laws that parents count on to keep their kids safe at school. ”
“ Proposal 2 would be economic development suicide for Michigan. It would send a clear signal to job providers and investors that Michigan is closed for business. One recent study concluded that Prop 2 would cost Michigan taxpayers $1.6 billion a year, as well.
Rebuttal by Teamsters President James Hoffa - October 30, 2012 05:02 PM
“ Dawson Bell addressed false claims that Proposal 2 will cost 1.6 billion dollars in a recent column for the Detroit Free Press. "As with most estimates generated in a heated political campaign, this number is highly speculative. It is based on analysis by the free market Midland think tank, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and assumes that virtually all of the cost-saving measures enacted by the Legislature in the last two years will be nullified." Bell went on to note that "nothing in the proposal requires a school district, or any public employer, to give ground on minimum contributions, or any other cost-saving measure." The $400 million dollar estimate that DeVos throws out in reference to education is likewise pulled out of thin air. That is why the Michigan Parent Teacher Association is one of many community organizations that have endorsed Proposal 2. ”