We have reporters from Japan in Macomb County this
afternoon seeking to interview Democrat auto workers who voted Trump/Pence.
If you have one to recommend please email name and contact information
Michigan Freedom To Work is the grass roots organization that led the grass
roots effort for labor freedom, growing to a coalition of 218 groups with
more than 70,000 members. We continue to defend the FTW laws as we seek to
eliminate discriminatory "prevailing wage" laws. The work continues to
assure more jobs through labor freedom. Please support our work!
Public sector workers may freely exercise right-to-work under a 4-3 ruling passed down July 29 by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) challenged Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and members of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on the constitutionality of Public Act 349 of 2012 (right-to-work).
Fasten your seat belts, roll up your sleeves, open your checkbook. We need you to partner with us on making the next great step for labor freedom! Economic analysis indicates that Prevailing Wage laws in Michigan alone, stop about 83% of the contractors from bidding on public construction and costs taxpayers about $ 400 Million a year - $ 244 Million a year more in just school construction costs. This is money that should be returned to the taxpayers or directed to higher priorities, such as repairing roads.
Michigan Freedom To Work led the grass roots campaign to pass Freedom To Work labor freedom laws in 2011/2012. Our coalition grew to more than 200 groups with more than 70,000 members. Signed December 11, 2012, the Michigan Freedom To Work laws went into effect in March, 2013.
Now two years old, Michigan Freedom To Work can share in the credit for increasing Michigan's improved business and job climate, and reducing unemployment. We keep defending workers and educating the public so that labor freedom is not reversed. This ongoing activity requires daily monitoring, education, legislative activity, meeting with grass roots leaders, etc. The monthly activities exact a toll on a gifted and giving Board, volunteer staff and limited resources.
But we have unfinished business. We are pleased to announce that a petition drive will commence in merely days, to allow the Michigan legislature to pass prevailing wage repeal without the threat of the Governor's veto. Please volunteer, donate and connect at https://www.laborfreedom.com.
An indirect initiative statute is when statutes (laws) proposed by citizens through initiative do not go immediately to the ballot after a successful petition drive to collect sufficient valid signatures to qualify the measure.
Rather, once the signatures are collected, the law that the citizens are proposing must first be submitted to the state legislature for consideration. If the state legislature agrees to adopt the law, then it does not go to the ballot.http://ballotpedia.org/Indirect_initiative_statute
TYPE OF PETITION
FILING DEADLINE SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT
Initiative to create new or amend existing legislation -June 1, 2016 252,523
The procedure is described here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Ini_Ref_Pet_Website_339487_7.pdf
For statutes, if the petition receives enough valid signatures, then the state legislature has 40 days to adopt or reject the proposal. If the legislature rejects the law, then the measure is placed on the next general election ballot. For amendments, if the petition contains sufficient signatures, then the measure is placed directly on the next general election ballot.
Gov. Snyder has stated he would repeal such a bill. This is the way for citizens to take charge of their own affairs.
For petition and to Please volunteer, donate and connect at https://www.laborfreedom.com.
More repeal information at www.prevailingwagetruth.com
New proof: FREEDOM TO WORK WORKS!
Freedom To Work states enjoy increased real personal Income growth,
Population growth and Employment growth
Union bosses are vetting legislative candidates by asking for a commitment to remove the laws that were passed December 11, 2012 and went into effect March, 2013. After their recall of a state representative in a south Genesee County seat was replaced by an even more conservative representative, at a huge cost, their tactic turned from recalls to the next elections.
We must encourage candidates who support labor freedom, and that will seek to repeal Michigan state and local prevailing wage laws. Prevailing wage laws cost Michigan taxpayers about $400 MILLION A YEAR. In increased school construction costs alone, taxpayers are being over-charged $224 Million a year. You can help as a volunteer here: http://www.laborfreedom.com/contact Prevailing Wage info here: www.prevailingwagetruth.com
The over-charge equates to about $ 2.24 Billion over the last decade – enough to pay for 317 new elementary schools, as if we needed them with decreasing student population.
“Freedom To Work states enjoy increased real personal income growth, population growth and employment growth…a Competitive Enterprise Institute study. Authors Richard Vedder and Jonathon Robe control for a variety of factors that impact state economic growth. They then compare the performance of FTW states and non-FTW states from 1977 to 2012. A chief finding is “that the overall effect of a RTW law is to increase economic growth rates by 11.5 percentage points.”
Vedder and Robe also analyzed FTW laws' impact on per-capita income. They estimate how much non-RTW states lost in potential income from 1977 to 2012. The median was $3,278 per capita, or about $13,000 annually for a family of four. Michigan suffered the 6th largest state income loss ($34.2 billion) and was 10th in per capita income loss ($3,460)” before our labor freedom laws passed.
The study highlights some additional statistics that suggest RTW laws have a positive impact on economic growth. For instance, real personal income in RTW states grew by 165 percent from 1977 to 2012, but only by 99 percent in states without such laws. Measured by per-capita income, states with RTW laws grew by 65 percent, whereas non-RTW states grew by only 50 percent.”
Edited excerpts from New Evidence: Right-to-Work Laws Work By Michael Van Beek | July 24, 2014 http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20314
As Abe Lincoln said, you change public policy be changing public opinion. Michigan Freedom To Work has been on the forefront of educating the public and changing public opinion, so much so that the political climate overwhelmingly defeated the Union Boss Proposal 2 at the ballot in 2012 and the public and our supporters demanded the Governor and legislature take action.
We must continue to study the impacts, report and educate the results of positive impacts from labor freedom. We have an education program in the workplaces with a flier we must continue to get out. It has a hotline number for workers being intimidated or being given difficulty by union agents or co-workers who are over-zealous bullies on this issue.
Funds are needed! You can donate here.
Proposal 2015-1 ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE ALREADY OUT! Will we raise taxes and prices of all fuels and food and other shipped items? Will we vote more for the union prevailing wage road builders and cut our budget to do so, when they refuse to cut or prioritize government spending