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Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia in the WSJ on Big Labor's Big Battle in Michigan

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After losing Indiana, Wisconsin and earning fresh notoriety in Chicago, labor unions have made Michigan the new

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Ground Zero. They are pushing a constitutional amendment called Protect Our Jobs (and Kill Yours, presumably) in the November elections that, if approved, will give them more powers than the elected legislature, notes Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in the Wall Street Journal this morning. She points out:

The amendment says that no "existing or future laws shall abridge, impair or limit" the collective-bargaining rights of Michigan workers…That may sound innocuous, but…the amendment would hand a broad mandate to unions to challenge virtually any law they don't like.

Thanks to media leaks, we know that already the Michigan Education Association has drawn up an internal wish list of all the laws it will challenge if the initiative passes. The targets include a cap on the health-care benefits of teachers, and reforms to teacher tenure that recently enabled schools to promote teachers based on merit rather than seniority alone. But what's really exciting the teachers union is the prospect of killing "interdistrict or intradistrict open enrollment opportunities"—which would otherwise promote some competition in education…"

Read the whole thing here.

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  1. Dictatorship of the Proletariat FTW!

    1. I JUST saw a comment to that effect:

      The sad thing is that the outlook for the states and the USA as a whole is entirely within what was planned by the left’s “founding fathers”, which is to decimate the economy and ultimately freedom.
      The result will be a ravaged country and a perpetual fertile ground for the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.
      This president and all the “Intelligentsia” know exactly what they are doing.
      Everything is well calculated, following a meticulous, systematic, relentless attempt to destroy the USA as we KNEW it.

      Seeing that comment, then coming back and seeing yours right at the top, was eerie. Though obviously, this guy’s got that whole “conspiracy to ruin America” theme going on. You only have 75% the crazy this guy does.

  2. Am I correct in assuming Jennifer Granholm is out there diligently promoting this?

  3. as a Michigander – if this passes, the urge to flee the state will hit the breaking point.

    1. The climate alone would be sufficient enough for me to flee, asap.

      1. what? You don’t like boiling in the summer and freezing in the winter?

  4. “No ‘existing or future laws shall abridge, impair or limit’ the collective-bargaining rights of Michigan workers.”

    L’?tat, c’est moi

  5. When I see that cartoon, I see an irrational mob (complete with pitchforks!) in the foreground, seeking to destroy the works (depicted in the background) created by the industry of men much better than themselves.

    1. That pretty well sums it up.

      My first direct experience with the sort of luddite mentality of these folks was when I tried to submit my resume at a Chrysler plant for an IT position.

      The first thing the neanderthal looking ignoramus in HR said to me was ‘You driving one of them furin cars? Cause if you park it in our lot, I ain’t responsible fer what happens to it’.

      That was the last time I ever tried to apply for a job at a unionized company.

    2. I saw government unions rising up to create a giant fist that will be used against the pussy that is elected leaders.

    3. As usual, I was about to post a comment to that effect.

  6. Get yours and get out before it falls apart (union motto)…

  7. That unified fist goes on 9AM break from 8:45 to 9:50.

  8. That unified fist goes on 9AM break from 8:45 to 9:50.

    Based on my experience with union workers, it is firmly wrapped around a Miller High Life tallboy for most of that break.

  9. the amendment would hand a broad mandate to unions to challenge virtually any law they don’t like.

    Isn’t that the point?

  10. How delightful that the cartoon shows the union digging a hole, no?

    1. together with their fearless leader, they can dig a black hole from which no possible source of revenue shall ever escape. I think we are quickly approaching the event horizen as we speak.

  11. They didn’t go far enough with this. They need to also include in the law forcing all Americans to buy their shitty union made products. There is this guy on the supreme court that opened up the door for that, so what are they waiting for?

    1. Don’t be insane. They can’t force you to buy it. They can just make you pay up to and including 100% of your salary if you DON’T buy it. The choice is yours, no force involved.

      1. No, it has to be low enough it doesn’t count as a penalty. 25% of your income should be sufficient.

  12. The amendment says that no “existing or future laws shall abridge, impair or limit” the collective-bargaining rights of Michigan workers?

    Not being a lawyer I could really be wrong about this but doesn’t that amendment have a prima facie perpetuity problem?

    1. I’m not sure what you mean by perpetuity problem.

      1. He means perpetuity benefit.

      2. I think he’s referring to the principle that the legislature can’t bind a future legislature. As this is a constitutional amendment, that doesn’t really apply. Constitutions are (or should be) explicitly designed to limit the powers of the legislature.

    2. Constitutional provisions are meant to govern indefinitely until the provision is repealed by amendment or, in some cases, until the constitution is replaced by another one. They are also foundational and superior to any laws.

      This amendment could create some sort of problem with federal law, I suppose, but within the state of Michigan, its constitution is supreme.

  13. no “existing or future laws shall abridge, impair or limit”

    Isn’t there a legal rule against perpetuities in laws and isn’t “no future laws shall abridge, impair or (especially) limit, etc” precisely that?

    1. Oh, OK; I missed the constitutional amendment part. Thx for the free legal advice.

      1. Cough up, Icey. By your ignorance of the law, I’m betting you rely on expert legal advice a lot. That’ll be $75,000 in legal fees, payed to the most prolific Reason commentators (excluding yourself, if otherwise applicable). I’ll get someone to write up the payment contract immediately.

  14. If this passes, they can dissolve the legislature.

    Think of the savings!

  15. I have no problem with Michigan voting to destroy its economy. I’ll have a big problem when these pieces of shit get bailed out.

  16. Just another reason to stay the fuck out of Michigan.

    As fucking retarded as it is, the only way to get up in arms about this is if I were to live in Michigan, or if I have to pay for their shit via a federal bailout. If Michiganders want to break themselves, go right the fuck ahead.

    1. Re: mad libertarian guy,

      Just another reason to stay the fuck out of Michigan.

      But… but… Jeff Daniels! C’mon, it’s Jeff Daniels!

  17. After losing Indiana, Wisconsin and earning fresh notoriety in Chicago, labor unions have made Michigan the new Ground Zero.

    And to make it like any other ground zero – a wasteland. If they haven’t already, that is…

    1. Attempting to remake all of Michigan in Flint’s image. What could go wrong?

      1. More Michael Moores.

  18. You only have 75% the crazy this guy does.

    I like to think of myself as “succinct”.

  19. Seems like if this passed it’ll have a positive feedback effect. More and more people who sense the stupid in it will just leave. Leaving more and more Detroit style guys at home to screw things up more.

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