Michigan’s presidential primary is less than one week from today. But instead of offering a vision to put people back to work, all we’ve heard are more attacks on workers’ collective bargaining rights.
Mitt Romney recently promised to “battle unions” that represent Michigan autoworkers, and Rick Santorum has said he doesn’t feel “warm and fuzzy about public-sector unions” that represent teachers, nurses and firefighters.
This is the same anti-worker rhetoric we’re hearing from Lansing politicians.
In fact, just yesterday the state Senate approved a bill that would ban collective bargaining rights for graduate student research assistants.
Collective bargaining gives all workers a voice, and the ability to negotiate a fair contract. Without these protections, CEOs can arbitrarily fire workers, cut wages, pensions and health care benefits, and outsource jobs to countries like China and Mexico.
To rebuild our economy, we all need to work together to protect Michigan workers and strengthen the middle class to help small businesses create jobs.