Court rules in favor of Michigan collective bargaining vote

A proposal to preserve collective bargaining rights for Michigan workers must be placed on the November ballot, the state’s Court of Appeals has ruled.

The four-member Board of State Canvassers – two Republicans and two Democrats – had deadlocked on allowing the vote, with the Republicans opposed. Some 700,000 Michigan voters had signed petitions to place the measure on the ballot after a series of attacks on the rights of workers by Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers.

Only a week ago Snyder filed a brief with the Court opposing a vote on the proposal.

“Corporate special interests pushed Lansing politicians to pressure the court before the decision,” said Michigan State4 AFL-CIO President Karla Swift. “But the court confirmed there is no legal reason to deny people the opportunity to vote on the proposal.

“Working people must now be ready” Swift said, “to counteract the corporate special interest money that is about to flood into our state to confuse the issue and defeat working families at the ballot box.”

Photo: Workers’ rights rally in downtown Ann Arbor. Ben Seese // CC 2.0



John Wojcik
John Wojcik

John Wojcik started as labor editor of the People's World in May, 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York. Along with being labor editor, Wojcik is a co-editor of