Proposed collective bargaining amendments approved for petitions

By Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press

A trio of proposed state constitutional amendments – including a pair of union-backed measures to strengthen collective bargaining rights — earned the nominal approval of a state elections panel this morning, clearing the way for the circulation of petitions.

A fourth proposed amendment unveiled only last week, to compel more financial disclosure of corporate political activity, was withdrawn from consideration at the request of its sponsor, 2010 Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Approved was the proposal dubbed Protect Our Jobs, which was developed in response to legislative initiatives in the last year to curtail public employee unions and the perceived threat of passage of a right-to-work law. And another union-backed measure to give home health care workers collective bargaining rights. The third proposal would install passages from the Declaration of Independence in the state Constitution.

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