Labor, Rick Snyder — August 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Mich Court of Appeals smacks down Snyder & Schuette, orders collective bargaining amendment onto ballot


Score one for the good guys

The Michigan Court of Appeals has once again ordered the Republicans on the Board of State Canvassers to halt their efforts to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters and directed them to place the Protect Working Families, formerly Protect Our Jobs, ballot initiative on the November ballot. The measure will ensure that collective bargaining rights are protected in our state constitution and prevent the wholesale destruction of those rights by extremist anti-labor majorities like we have in our state legislature today.

This marks the second time the Court of Appeals has done this after ordering the elections board to put the repeal of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager Law, on the ballot as well. Opponents of that took their fight to the Supreme Court where they ultimately lost.

This is also a major blow to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette who filed paperwork with the Court asking them not to put the measure on the ballot.

With this ballot measure, the one to give more protections to home health care workers and the effort to repeal PA 4, Michigan Democrats and other progressives have three extra reasons to go to the polls this November. Electing three Democratic Party-endorsed Supreme Court justices, Shelia Johnson, Bridget Mary McCormack, and Connie Marie Kelley give three more. And if the painful efforts to get these ballot measures on the ballot have shown us anything it’s that we need to make sure we people on the Supreme Court that truly represent the interests of Democracy and justice.

It will be incumbent upon all of us to make sure that we get Democrats to the polls and that we make sure they vote the non-partisan part of the ballot as well as the partisan section.

Every time you talk to someone in Michigan between now and the election, you need to bring this up and remind them of the Three Supremes: Shelia Johnson, Bridget Mary McCormack, and Connie Marie Kelley. We have so much to gain and even more to lose if we don’t.