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Proposal 2 to Protect Collective Bargaining released a new 30-second ad today that shows how collective bargaining helps working families get their jobs done the Michigan way – through hard work.
Collective bargaining gives working families a voice to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safer working conditions that are good for us all.
The ad says:
Corporate CEOs get rich by cutting our jobs and benefits. That puts our future at risk.
Collective bargaining protects us. It levels the playing field, so workers have a voice and share in a company’s success. It’s protection against unfair layoffs or arbitrary cuts.
Voting Yes on 2 protects collective bargaining. Voting no puts us all at risk. Yes on 2.”
Collective bargaining protects the basic right of working families to have a voice in their workplace. Proposal 2 doesn’t give workers any rights they do not already possess.
Opponents of collective bargaining are scared they may lose the ability to arbitrarily cut jobs, ship them overseas or reduce wages.
Jobs covered by collective bargaining decreased by about 10 percent from 1989 to 2010, according to the Economic Policy Institute. During that same time span, the average annual pay adjusted for inflation dropped by about $6,000 even as productivity increased by nearly 30 percent, according to the EPI.
States with higher levels of unionization have lower poverty levels, higher average incomes, lower workplace deaths, higher educational outcomes, and higher pension and health insurance coverage, according to Policy Matters Ohio, a nonpartisan think tank.
Corporate bosses hide behind shadowy front groups to purchase or reserve more than $22 million in ads riddled with lies, misleading information and fear mongering. A loophole in the Michigan Campaign Finance law lets the groups off the hook from revealing who is bankrolling them.
Corporate special interests have vowed to do whatever it takes to eliminate the right of working families to have a voice in the workplace. These special interests pressure Lansing politicians to pass laws that weaken worker rights and circumvent previously negotiated contracts.
Collective bargaining gives firefighters and police officers a voice to negotiate for life-saving equipment, protects nurses who speak up about a patient’s care and gives teachers smaller class sizes so they can better educate our children.
A Yes vote on Proposal 2 protects collective bargaining, while a no vote is against collective bargaining. For more information, visit www.protectworkingfamilies.com.
FREEPORT, Ill. - UAW President Bob King will rally with workers and labor leaders from across the country Saturday to support Sensata Technologies workers here facing outsourcing by Bain Capital in the fight to save their jobs.
The Sensata plant is owned by Bain Capital, founded by Mitt Romney, and makes sensors and controls for auto manufacturers. The company plans to close Nov. 5 -- the day before Election Day -- kicking 170 workers to the curb while sending their jobs overseas to Chinese sweatshops.
Meantime, Sensata has forced workers at the Freeport plant to train replacements from China and even reduced their severance packages. Workers and their supporters have been camping out across from the plant -- at "Bainport Encampment" -- to bring attention to their cause.
In Monday's final presidential debate, President Obama proved that he is a leader who has taken important actions to create a level playing field for U.S. companies and workers around the world. He has fought hard to stop the unfair trade practices of China and other global trading partners because he understands that fair trade is important to creating and maintaining auto jobs in the United States.
While President Obama was saving the auto industry, Romney was profiting off the outsourcing of American jobs by investing in companies that were "pioneers of outsourcing." Romney led investments in companies that outsourced jobs, including those that grew into some of the largest outsourcing and offshoring companies in the world, while families and communities were left behind, forced into crisis.
"Mitt Romney has never stood up for American workers, and Bain Capital has put profits before people over and over," said UAW President Bob King. "Mitt Romney won't stand up for American workers at Sensata in Freeport, Illinois - a company in which he is a direct investor - even though their jobs are being moved to China in the middle of this presidential election.
"Romney stands silent but stands to profit as Bain Capital offshores American jobs to China, even though the workers in Freeport make a modest wage of $14 to $17 per hour," said King, adding that investigators have documented the exploitation of the overwhelmingly young and female workforce at Sensata's Chinese facilities.
According to a recent report by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, workers at Sensata's facilities in China earn wages ranging from 99 cents to $1.35 per hour, work forced overtime in excess of legal limits, and 70 percent of them work 12-hour days, seven days a week.
"Romney has never stood up for American workers like President Obama has. Instead, he used them for his own personal profit and political advantage. Republican President Teddy Roosevelt said 'speak softly and carry a big stick.' Romney speaks loudly and outsources the sticks to China," said King, adding: "His record on jobs and offshoring work is despicable. Romney is so wrong for working families."
Here are more details of Saturday's event:
What: Rally with UAW President Bob King
When: Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.
Where: "Bainport Encampment" - Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road, Freeport, Ill.
'Bainport' protesters being arrested after peacefully demonstrating against Bain Capital's outsourcing of jobs to China. Photo courtesy of Alder Lakish.
Bain Capital, founded by Mitt Romney, has forced Sensata workers in Freeport, Ill., to train their replacements from China, and even reduced their severance packages. They and their supporters have been camping out at "Bainport" across from the plant to bring attention to their cause.
WHAT: Rally with UAW President Bob King
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Bainport Encampment
Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250, S. Walnut Road, Freeport, Ill.
Today, the Yes on 2 campaign released a 30-second ad in which parents and law enforcement tell voice their support for Proposal 2 because it keeps kids safe and helps teachers and parents ensure our children are getting the best possible education.
Collective bargaining and the right to organize are not issues that affect only a small portion of the population, they impact everyone. Teachers, for example, bargain over class sizes, materials and other important factors in school success.
The ad says:
“I’m Erika Golden (Michigan PTA board member). For years Michigan PTA has fought for what is best for our kids.
Parents and teachers work together to do what is best for kids. (Darci Brault, parent)
Keeping them safe is job one. (Lisa Mullane, parent)
That is why the Michigan PTA endorses Yes on 2 for Collective Bargaining. (Erika Golden)
Yes on 2 doesn’t change any laws that protect kids. It is the opposite. Yes on 2 protects kids. Take it from us, for safety, vote Yes on 2 for Collective Bargaining. (Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel) ”
Collective bargaining gives Michigan’s working families a voice to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and working conditions that are good for us all. It gives firefighters and police officers a voice to negotiate for life-saving equipment and protects nurses who speak up about a patient’s care.
But corporate special interests are trying to silence the voice of working families at the workplace. Corporate bosses hide behind shadowy front groups to purchase or reserve more than $22 million in ads attacking collective bargaining that are riddled with lies, misleading information and fear mongering.
These ads falsely claim that Proposal 2 would eliminate school bus driver safety standards and keep school employees convicted of crimes on the job. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and former Governor Jennifer Granholm, who enacted legislation to protect school children while she was in office, have called the allegations lies.
“The scare tactics Proposal 2’s opponents are using on Michigan’s voters is, frankly, offensive,” Michigan PTA president Shanton Berry said. “The idea that Proposal 2 would make it harder to remove felons or sex offenders from our classrooms is a complete lie. No teacher, school board member or superintendent wants to protect felons or sexual predators, nor would they ever attempt to do so at the bargaining table.”
The Michigan PTA is part of the National PTA. For nearly 100 years PTAs have been a resource for parents, an advocate for public education and a powerful voice for children.
Today, Proposal 2 to Protect Collective Bargaining released a new ad that refutes lies spread about collective bargaining by Attorney General Bill Schuette and highlights support for Proposal 2 from police officers, sheriffs and parents.
Corporate bosses pressure Lansing politicians to eliminate collective bargaining and take away the voice of our firefighters, police officers and first responders to negotiate for the tools they need to protect our communities. Collective bargaining prevents Lansing politicians from making harmful cuts that leave us less safe.
The ad says:
“How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.
Bill Schuette’s claims? He argued them to the Michigan Supreme Court to keep collective bargaining off the ballot. They didn’t agree. And a Free Press column called the ‘no’ ads ‘absurdities’ and ‘ridiculous.’
Michigan police, sheriffs and parents all support collective bargaining because it protects kids.
Collective bargaining gives workers a voice to get equipment and training they need to protect us. Yes on 2.”
Schuette issued a politically motivated opinion at the behest of corporate special interests against Proposal 2 that failed to persuade the Michigan Court of Appeals or Michigan Supreme Court to deny residents their right to vote on Proposal 2.
Schuette’s financial links to corporate special interests include:
In September and October 2010, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) received $1.2 million from American Crossroads, the SuperPAC that was co-founded by Karl Rove. Both contributions, each for $600,000 came before the RSLC’s $34,000 contribution to Schuette.
On Aug. 30, 2010, Schuette accepted $34,000 from Michigan Chamber PAC, the political action committee for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. In March 2010, Michigan Chamber PAC received $25,000 from J.C. Huizenga, a board member of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Everyday citizens continue to fight back to protect the basic right to have to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions that are good for us all. But corporate special interests hide behind shadowy front groups that have purchased or reserved more than $21 million worth of ads filled with lies, misleading information and fear mongering.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and former Governor Jennifer Granholm denounced the attack ads, calling them lies.
Collective bargaining protects a basic right that belongs in Michigan’s constitution. A yes vote on Proposal 2 will protect collective bargaining.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In a special election held here today, Gary Jones was elected UAW Region 5 director, filling the position formerly held by Jim Wells.
Wells, who died Sept. 27 at age 66, had led Region 5 since 1995, and was the UAW International Executive Board’s longest-serving regional director.
Jones was Region 5 assistant director since 2004, when he was appointed by Wells.
“Jim was a dedicated trade unionist for nearly 50 years and an inspiration to so many people, including me,” said Jones, a UAW Local 1895 member since 1975. “He was a tireless fighter for all working men and women, and always kept his focus on the needs of UAW members and their families.”
“His shoes will be very hard to fill, but I take comfort in knowing he’s with us every day in spirit,” added Jones, 55.
“I have known Gary for more than 20 years and know that he will be an outstanding Region 5 director following in the footsteps of his great mentor and friend, Jim Wells,” said UAW President Bob King. “Gary has both a deep passion for the values of our union, and deep and broad experience in the UAW, having served as top administrative assistant to three UAW secretary-treasurers before serving as assistant director of Region 5. The delegates of Region 5 have demonstrated great wisdom in electing Gary as the new Region 5 director.”
Region 5 serves UAW members and retirees in 17 states in the western and southwestern United States, including Missouri, California and Washington state.
For Jones’ bio, visit uaw.org.
Today, corporate special interests continued their attack on the basic rights of Michigan’s working families to collectively bargain with two ads that rely on lies, misleading information and fear mongering.
These ads are an example of the lengths these special interests will go to eliminate the right of working families to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safer working conditions that are good for us all. Proposal 2 does not affect state and federal laws that regulate school safety. But corporate special interests will not let the truth stop them from using scare tactics to mislead voters.
The new ad “Jobs” features Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette making more false claims about Proposal 2 to Protect Collective Bargaining. The attorney general’s claims are nothing new and have been refuted repeatedly by law enforcement officials, former Governor Jennifer Granholm and legal experts.
Attorney General Schuette lost a challenge with the Michigan Court of Appeals seeking to keep Proposal 2 off the Nov. 6 ballot. Attorney General Schuette then asked the Michigan Supreme Court to keep Proposal 2 off the ballot. The State Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that the attorney general was wrong and placed Proposal 2 on the ballot.
Undeterred, the attorney general now publicly is claiming Proposal 2 would render school children unsafe if it is passed. Federal and state laws, which are outside the collective bargaining process, regulate school safety. Proposal 2 does not affect this.
The attorney general’s challenge was politically motivated. Attorney General Schuette’s appearance in this dishonest attack ad continues a disturbing trend of misleading the public after two courts failed to be persuaded by his faulty legal reasoning.
A new ad by “Hands Off Our Constitution” falsely claims that Prop 2 has nothing to do with collective bargaining. Proposal 2 is about one thing and one thing only: protecting collective bargaining rights. Claims to the contrary are false and fraudulent.
Collective bargaining ensures that teachers, police officers and firefighters are able to negotiate for the tools they need to keep children safe.
Corporate bosses are pressuring Lansing politicians to eliminate collective bargaining. They hide behind shadowy front groups to purchase or reserve more than $21 million of ads that are riddled with lies.
Collective bargaining levels the playing field between the corporate bosses that make millions and the people who actually do the work only to see their pay cut.
DETROIT – The UAW announced today that the 2013 list of union-built vehicles is now available on the union’s website, www.uaw.org.
In a stunning reversal of one of the biggest economic downturns since the Bush years, the auto industry is back, and the UAW is glad to be able to continue to highlight the best of the domestic auto industry.
A number of the cars on the 2013 Union-Built Vehicles List – and many of the parts going into these cars – were insourced from other countries, including the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Sonic (South Korea), the Ford Fusion (Mexico), the Ford C-Max (Europe), the Chevrolet Equinox (Canada) and the Ford Transit (Europe). Moving production of these vehicles to the United States was part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreements with the domestic automakers.
“We’re grateful that the American people, through President Obama’s critical leadership, invested in the domestic auto industry,” said UAW President Bob King. “His faith in us has been rewarded with tens of thousands of new jobs in the auto sector alone.”
“These vehicles probably would never have been made in the United States if not for the deep sacrifices made by UAW members and President Obama’s rescue of the domestic auto industry, saving millions of jobs – not just in the automotive sector, but also manufacturing and many other sectors that depend on the domestic auto industry to be an economic force,” King added.
“When you buy a union-made vehicle, you are helping to support not only the jobs of auto workers, but police officers, teachers, nurses, prison guards and any occupation that relies on local and state payroll taxes to provide these valuable services,” King said.
Buying a union-built vehicle is a positive step toward bringing back good-paying American jobs, also gives us cleaner air and is better for our national energy security.
“Our members are proud to build some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world,” King said. “This not only helps the consumer with lower costs at the pump, but also is better for the environment and reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”
These UAW-built vehicles are some of the most fuel efficient on the road:
Chevrolet Volt (Electric): 95 city/93 highway mpg (2012 figures).
Chevrolet Sonic: 26 city/35 highway mpg.
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan: 25 city/36 highway mpg.
Focus Electric: 110 city/99 highway mpg.
Fusion Hybrid Sedan: 47 city/44 highway mpg.
C-Max Hybrid: 47 mpg combined.
Chrysler 200 Sedan: 21 city/30 highway mpg.
Dodge Dart Sedan: 25 city/36 highway mpg.
Ram 1500 pickup: 18 city/25 highway mpg.
Outlander Sport SUV: 24 city/31 highway mpg.
All mileage figures from Edmunds.com, except Ram 1500, Automotive News.
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