The Protect Working Families campaign released its newest ad today, detailing how collective bargaining protects the middle class. The 30-second ad features a montage of photos and video that shows the struggle of working families and how collective bargaining has helped them over the years.
The ad says,
“Here in Michigan, we created the great middle class…with the belief that everyone should share in the dream: A good wage…dignity and safety in the workplace…A decent retirement. Basic rights that built this state and this great nation.
Collective bargaining made those dreams real. Now, corporate special interests are attacking collective bargaining rights and our Michigan way of life.
You can stop them, and protect our way of life, by voting yes, on 2.”
Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining would ensure that working families keep their basic right to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and working conditions that are good for us all.
A 10 percentage point increase in union membership would translate into an extra $1,479 per year for the average middle-class household, whether or not that household includes union members, according to a Sept. 12 report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
States with higher levels of collective bargaining have lower poverty levels, higher average incomes, lower workplace deaths and higher pension and health insurance coverage for all workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
Corporate special interests want to take these basic rights away. They hide behind shadowy front groups so working families won’t know who is bankrolling the millions of dollars of ads attacking Proposal 2.
These secretive front groups have refused to accept a challenge from to reveal their funding sources so working families will know is trying to silence their voice to collectively bargain. Special interests know that collective bargaining levels the playing field between CEOs and working families to negotiate over workplace issues, keeping jobs in Michigan and Michiganders employed.