Members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses unveiled their plan this week regarding organizing and collective bargaining in Michigan. Specifics within the 34-bill package include:
- Repealing a provision that prohibits the contracting out of non-instructional services from being a subject of bargaining.
- Allowing principals and vice principals to organize and be represented by unions.
- Allowing school districts to collect union dues or fees via payroll deduction.
- Restoring contract expiration rights.
- Restoring the “reasonable and just cause” discharge standard in the Teacher Tenure Act.
- Creating the Reasonable and Just Cause Teacher Tenure Act.
- Prohibiting the use of replacement workers during labor disputes.
- Expanding binding arbitration to cover all public employees.
- Allowing state employees to use binding arbitration.
- Allowing workers injured on the picket line because of the actions of a private security force contracted by the employer to be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits.
- Repealing the Domestic Partner Benefit Restriction Act, which prohibits public employers from providing domestic partner benefits.
- Barring employers from hiring or firing an individual based upon their credit history, their appearance, or a family member’s health.
- Requiring an employer to have “just cause” before terminating an employee after a probationary period.
- Ensuring that the state does not subsidize employers who outsource jobs.
Upon introduction, the bills will be referred to committees for consideration.
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