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  • 09 October 2012
October 9, 2012

Letter: Collective bargaining protects working families

Collective bargaining protects working families

Show me one worker, union or nonunion, private or public sector, who wants to give up an agreed-upon wage, health care benefits, a vacation, home ownership or an opportunity to save and invest for retirement or a child’s education.

I sure don’t, so I am voting yes on Proposal 2, which would constitutionally guarantee the right of workers to collectively bargain with their employers, whether in the private or public sectors.

Things like a reasonable work week, overtime pay, protection of children, a safe working environment, health care benefits or retirement programs were never bestowed on workers by corporate interests. It was fought for and earned by demonstrating the value of labor to economic prosperity, secured by a process of collective bargaining.

We can at least be thankful that Michigan’s auto industry survived and continues to gain strength in sales volumes and product quality ratings. In this case, the UAW helped save Michigan’s auto industry because employers and employees negotiated lower costs for manufacturers, while also ensuring that Michigan factories stayed open and jobs were brought back from overseas.

Please vote yes on Proposal 2 this November. Collective bargaining protects working families like yours and mine.

ROBERT DECKER/Muskegon