Should Michigan Enshrine Collective-Bargaining Rights In Its Constitution?
If Proposal 2 passes, Michigan would become the first state in the nation with a constitutional guarantee of collective bargaining rights, and it would give the state a prominent position in the national debate about unions that has unfolded in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Supporters claim unionized worker will lose their hard-won rights, pay and benefits if the proposal doesn't win. Republican leaders have passed roughly 30 laws opposed by unions since the GOP swept the state House, Senate and Governor's Office in 2010.
Opponents say the amendment would eradicate a half-century of labor laws, including those that protect workers and keep pedophile teachers out of classrooms.
The biggest prize for organized labor backers would be wording that would keep Michigan from becoming a right-to-work state.