700,000 voices need to be heard

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (CPMC) will take their opposition to the Protect Our Jobs petition to court to prevent the issue from being on the Nov. ballot after the Secretary of State (SOS) declined the group’s earlier request. Chris Thomas, Elections Director, said the SOS had no legal authority to dismiss the petition.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, one of the leaders of CPMC, is claiming that the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining in the state would invalidate as many as 80 laws and the petition language doesn’t list them. CPMC, however, hasn’t listed the 80 laws either.

The Protect Our Jobs campaign sees it differently: "700,000 Michigan voters have signed a petition to protect collective bargaining. Citizens deserve a chance to vote on this critical issue."