By an 63-37 margin, voters in Michigan Nov. 6 overwhelmingly rejected a proposal on the statewide ballot that would have negatively impacted the merit shop construction workforce by nullifying the ban on government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) and preventing Michigan from becoming a right-to-work state, among other changes.

“This election showed that an overwhelming number of Democrat and Republican voters alike rejected union boss attempts to hijack Michigan’s constitution,” said Chris Fisher, president of ABC of Michigan. “Time and time again voters are standing up for the merit shop principles of fair competition, fiscal accountability and equal opportunity regardless of union affiliation.”

In addition to retracting the Michigan Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act, the Union Boss Ballot proposal also would have:

  • made prevailing wage elimination impossible;
  • nullified Michigan’s Paycheck Protection law;
  • eliminated requirements that government retirees contribute to their health care and pensions;
  • repealed Michigan’s paycheck protection law;
  • eliminated seven sections of the state constitution that unions dislike; and
  • eliminated at least 170 state laws.
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