Wednesday, August 29, 2012

'Collective bargaining got us here' (video)

Here's a new ad for the Protect Our Jobs campaign in Michigan. Protect Our Jobs would amend Michigan's constitution to protect collective bargaining rights. Opponents have been trying to keep the question off the November ballot. A state appeals court ordered it on the ballot, but opponents will appeal to the state supreme court.

According to the campaign,
Once near-death, the auto industry has risen to record-breaking sales and produce vehicles of exceptional quality. Plants are adding jobs and bringing work back from overseas as employers and managers work together to ensure the future of the auto industry remains bright. 
The UAW and auto executives worked together to make historic changes in production, pay and benefits. Since 2009, productivity has increased, loans given by the government have been repaid ahead of schedule and profits soared to all-time highs. 
Collective bargaining helps everyone because the wages, benefits, working conditions and safety procedures laid out in contracts become industry standards. Working families have more money to spend in local economies, small businesses benefit from the boost in sales and communities are strengthened. 
Corporate special interests want to block Michigan’s working families from exercising their right to vote on the proposal, pushing Lansing politicians to pressure the courts to keep the proposal off the ballot. 
On Monday, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of State Canvassers to place the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot. The board, which previously deadlocked on placing the proposal on the ballot, followed the court’s order.
Stay tuned.