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

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VOICE:  “THIS AIR PACK I’M WEARING GIVES ME 30 MINUTES TO LOOK INSIDE YOUR BURNING HOUSE AND FIND YOU.

HAVING THE MOST MODERN, DEPENDABLE EQUIPMENT? WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICKING, THAT COUNTS.

IT’S WHY I SUPPORT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. IT MEANS WE NEGOTIATE FOR GEAR AND PEOPLE WE NEED, TO PROTECT YOUR LIVES AND OURS.”

  • ‘‘What we are trying to do is develop firefighter equipment that addresses major health problems for firefighters which is heat stress,’ he [Thomas Bradley, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University] said.  . . . According to NFPA estimates, 43% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths are the result of cardiovascular failure. The work is strenuous, and firefighters are bogged down by apparatus and fireproof suits, said Bradley.” (“ Super Critical Air Pack Lightens Firefighters’ Load ,” Nov. 18, 2009, Fire Chief, Mary Rose Roberts,)
  • “The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology found that the size of a firefighting crew affects how quickly firefighters could complete 22 essential firefighting tasks. Four-person teams were 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.” (“ Landmark Residential Fire Study Shows How Crew Sizes And Arrival Times Influence Saving Lives And Property ,” U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, April 28, 2010.)
  • “The contract process has brought the sides together and clarified the city’s and the department’s goals. Neither side felt safe with the current level of fire staffing or stable under current conditions. [City Manager Larry] Shaffer called the contract a ‘breakthrough.’ [Local firefighters’ union president Tom] Loveberry said the contract boosted morale at the station.”   (“ City, firefighters agree to ‘sweeping changes’ in wages, pension with new contract. ” M Live, June 29, 2012,)
  • “The public as well as firefighters recognized a real decision that speaks to the core of what a firefighter is – they care about the safety of their brethren as well as the citizens they serve.” (“ Shared Sacrifices ,” T.C. Brown, October 2011)

VOICE: “IF IT COMES FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, THE POLITICIANS CAN’T CUT IT WITHOUT OUR SAY SO.  

IT’S WHY I’M VOTING YES ON 2.”

    • “In January 2010, the Michigan Manufacturers Association supported a proposal by Michigan Sen. Majority Leader Mike Bishop. R-Rochester, to suspend collective bargaining rights; cut the pay of teachers, professors and state and local government workers by 5%; and freeze pay at that level for three years.” (Associated Press Online, “ Senate GOP: Cut All Public Workers’ Pay, Benefits ,” January 20, 2010; The Associated Press State & Local Wire, “Michigan’s State Budget Faces Long-Term Problems,” September 11, 2010)
    • “In the summer of 2011, a MCPP legislative analyst described the group’s goal to “outlaw” government collective bargaining in Michigan in an e-mail sent to a Republican state representative.” (Mother Jones, “ Michigan’s Hostile Takeover ,” February 15, 2012)
    • “Refusing to accept an $8.1-million federal grant to recall laid-off firefighters could land Taylor’s mayor Jeffrey Lamarand in jail… “I’m preparing for the possibility of that,” he said. (“ Taylor mayor’s refusal to accept firefighter grant could land him in jail ,” Detroit Free Press. August 9, 2012)

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Protect Working Families seeks to amend the state constitution to protect collective bargaining through a Nov. 6 ballot initiative. Visit protectworkingfamilies.com  for more information.