Organized labor is driving hard to enshrine collective bargaining right in Michigan State constitution. If Proposal 2 passes this November, they will have done just that, taking Michigan closer to a Mediterranean-style rigid and disastrous labor market.
So far, it looks like they are succeeding and no wonder, based on how much money is being spent by Unions and their allies. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supported by the Joyce Foundation (that strives for improving public policies in the Great Lakes region), published precise figures on the financial activity of the committees involved in the November ballot. As far as the collective bargaining issue (Proposal 2) is concerned, three committees are involved. The proponent committee, “Protect our Jobs,” lobbies for enshrining collective bargaining in the state constitution, while two committees, “Michigan Chamber PAC II” and “Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution,” oppose all the ballot questions.
By the time the MCFN release was issued, July 27, POJA has raised $8,143,307 from a long list of Michigan unions and spent $1,153,619 by that time, mainly for personnel. A partial list of unions and their expenditures include:
- UAW: $1,250,000
- UAW Solidarity House: $1,028,480
- Michigan Education Association: $585,681
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): $500,000
- American Federation of Teachers-Michigan: $460,000
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters: $333,334
- MEA Professional Staff Association: $300,000
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: $252,574
- Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters: $250,000