Collective bargaining protects all Michigan’s families, giving workers the right to negotiate fair wages and benefits.

Free Press Not Telling the Truth…Gets facts wrong about Prop 2…..Again

Yes on 2 protects the basic right to collectively bargain for fair wages, benefits and working conditions that benefit everyone.

The Detroit Free Press was contacted by the Yes on 2 Campaign to Protect Collective Bargaining multiple times throughout September and October.

Fact : They declined an in-person meeting with supporters.

Fact :  Then they got the facts wrong about Prop 2.

Comment made by Stephen Henderson in response to the reader outrage resulting from the Detroit Free Press’ endorsements.


Actually four states have collective bargaining in their state constitution (Missouri, Florida, Hawaii and New Jersey), a fact that would have been part of a editorial board presentation by supporters.

Proposal G was on the November 1978 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment and was approved by voters. Proposal G gave Michigan state troopers and sergeants right to collective bargaining and binding arbitration. Article XI, Section 5 of the Michigan State Constitution

An in-person editorial board would have also provided accurate information the Free Press got wrong in stating its opposition to Prop 2:

Freep said : “Proposal 2 would handcuff local and state governments in their dealings with public employees.”

Here’s the truth :  In ruling to put Proposal 2 on the ballot, the Michigan Appeals Court said, “Presuming the people of the State of Michigan enact the proposed initiative, the Legislature would remain empowered to ‘enact laws relative to the hours and conditions of employment,’ and indeed, the bare fact that employees of the State would have the right to collectively bargain does not in any way force the legislature to enact, or decline to enact, any laws whatsoever.”

Freep said : “Even criminal background checks for teachers or drug testing for cops and firefighters would be subject to bargaining.”

Here’s the truth : Federal and state criminal law requires background checks for teachers and other school officials, and those laws are not subject to bargaining. Licensing requirements for cops and other public safety officers also fall outside of the collective bargaining process.

Freep said : “Michigan just can’t afford those kinds of limitations in an era when debt from pension and health obligations to current and retired employees are pushing many local governments to the brink of insolvency.”

Here’s the truth :  According to a comprehensive study published by Cambridge University Press, states that allow collective bargaining for public employees have smaller budget gaps than states that ban it. States which allow collective bargaining for public employees also spend slightly less on wages and benefits as a percentage of total state expenditures than states which do not bargain.

According to a comprehensive study by Fisk and Olney, states with collective bargaining for public employees have better pension plan funding ratios than states without bargaining.

Don’t let your voice be silenced. Yes on 2 Protects Collective Bargaining.