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Labor Bosses Fight Only to Protect their Jobs

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 8:45 PM
Detroit is a disaster area. It has endured appalling crime and official corruption for generations. It has lost 2/3 of its peak population. Wild animals roam abandoned neighborhoods reverting to forest. Its school system is such a mess that the state took it over. Before long the state may take over the entire city. But Detroit's municipal government still has a union-protected farrier on its payroll even though it no longer has horses. Worse, the farrier works not for the police department, which may once have had an equestrian branch, but for the water department, which as far as I know has never had horses. This tells you a great deal of what you need to know about unions, about Detroit, and about Michigan's government.
In Michigan, union bosses are testing a new strategy to increase their power and clout within the state. A constitutional amendment known locally as Proposal 2, or the “Protect Our Jobs” (POJ) amendment, would invalidate much of the common-sense progress that Governor Rick Snyder has made as it relates to public-sector unions, potentially overturning upwards of 170 pieces of legislation.

In Michigan, union bosses are testing a new strategy to increase their power and clout within the state. A constitutional amendment known locally as Proposal 2, or the “Protect Our Jobs” (POJ) amendment, would invalidate much of the common-sense progress that...