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The battle over Governor Scott Walker's recall in Wisconsin has not yet ended, but Big Labor is already picking another – arguably even bigger – fight in Michigan, reports Michigan resident and Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in her column at The Daily today. Big Labor is gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that it calls "Protect Our Jobs" (instead of by its true name "Protect Our Jobs and Screw Michigan Taxpayers") that would not only undo the modest health and pension contributions Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asked public employees to make in order to balance the state's gaping fiscal hole. It would also amend the constitution to make public sector benefits offlimits to elected officials and permanently bar Michigan from becoming a Right to Work state. Moreover, notes Dalmia, the consequences of this initiative won't be limited to Michigan:

The Protect Our Jobs initiative is their field test. If successful, it could become their blueprint to pre-emptively ban or scrap Right to Work laws in the 22 other states that allow legislative action through referendums and ballot initiatives. And it will allow them to constitutionally lock in their public-sector bargaining privileges and protect their membership numbers.

In short, Big Labor is upping the ante in Michigan and going for broke.

 Read the whole thing here.

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  1. It would also amend the constitution to make public sector benefits offlimits to elected officials and permanently bar Michigan from becoming a Right to Work state.

    Rent seekers gonna seek rent.

  2. If Michigan voters are stupid enough to pass this, the rest of us ought to expel them from the USA. I’d say we should gift them to Canada, but that would be a terrible thing to do to our northern neighbor.

    1. Like Hell. It’d be payback for Bryan Adams.

  3. If successful, it could become their blueprint to pre-emptively ban or scrap Right to Work laws in the 22 other states that allow legislative action through referendums and ballot initiatives.

    MI is probably the best-case scenario for Big Labor. If it squeaks by there, I don’t see it being terribly exportable.

  4. amend the constitution to make public sector benefits offlimits to elected officials

    I wonder what Tony/MNG’s response to this is, considering they’re always trumpeting how public sector collective bargaining is fine because the people can vote for their negotiators.

    1. Exactly. Now there’s no collective “bargaining” at all, because there’s no one to bargain with. Not that there really was before, but if they accomplish this, it’s a free for all.

  5. permanently bar Michigan from becoming a Right to Work state

    Until it’s repealed by another ballot initiative, you mean?

    Oh wait, this is Dalmia’s article. I should have seen the fallacy and hysterics fingerprints earlier!

    1. That is hysterics? I think you need to check your fingerprinting software.

  6. In short, Big Labor is upping the ante in Michigan and going for broke.

    Good, because that’s what they’re all going to be in the end.

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