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Protecting collective bargaining

October 26, 2012
Daily Press


Mitt Romney told the NBC's Education Nation Summit late September, "We simply can't have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians...I think we've got to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns!"

But because of the Supreme Court ruling like Citizens United Corporations and wealthy individuals can dominate unlimited spending.

In Michigan unions are trying to get ahead of the fight with a "protect our jobs" amendment on the ballot this fall that would add the right to collective bargaining by public and private sector employees to the state constitution. Right-wing interests have poured millions into a brutal ad campaign falsely claiming that the amendment would block schools from removing employees who are former criminals. Michigan's protect working families coalition has countered with the truth:

"States with higher levels of collective bargaining have lower poverty levels. Higher average incomes, fewer workplace deaths and higher pensions and health insurance coverage for all workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute."

Charles H. Lundmark




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