Political News and Commentary with the Right Perspective. NAVIGATION
  • Front Page
  • News
  • Multimedia
  • Tags
  • RSS Feed

  • Advertise on RightMichigan.com


    Get the RightMighigan.com toolbar!



    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Monday Divertere Part II

    By JGillman, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:25:32 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Prop 2, CPMC, Nick DeLeeuw, Teachers, PERA, Strikes, Labor (all tags)

    This great video came out Friday.

    Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (CPMC), released the television commercial, titled "Michigan Kids Don't Need Teacher Strikes," educating voters about the deceptive, far-reaching and devastating effects Proposal 2 would have on parents and students across Michigan.

    LOVE the intensity and planet-of-the-apes style of music used for the score.

    The commercial asks parents to vote NO on Proposal 2 to avoid Chicago-style teacher strikes, a possibility under the misleading proposal according to a leaked teachers union memo and Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Steven Cook who recently admitted Prop 2 "would overturn" a 1994 law created to prevent teachers unions from bullying local school districts at the bargaining table into ignoring, vetoing or erasing legal fines and penalties incurred as a result of an illegal teacher strike.

    A bit more below the fold.

    While teacher strikes are technically "illegal" in Michigan, Michigan's Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) establishes the only legal penalty for teachers who walk out on their classrooms; a fine equal to one day's pay for each school day spent on strike.

    As a response to frequent illegal teacher strikes in Michigan districts where union officials successfully forced local districts to avoid imposing legal fines and penalties, the Michigan legislature enacted Public Act 112 in 1994, which amended PERA to prohibit union bosses from removing these penalties for striking teachers during labor negotiations.

    Responding to a media question about Proposal 2's effect on Public Act 112 of 1994, Cook admitted: "At any point you find the legislature where they have stepped in and said `you can no longer discuss these issues at the bargaining table,' (Proposal 2) would overturn that."

    Cook's admission comes shortly after the leak of an internal memo from the MEA's legal department claiming that  passage of Proposal 2 would overturn Public Act 112 and change PERA, paving the way for the return of Chicago-style teacher strikes in Michigan school districts.

    According to the MEA's leaked internal legal memo (see attachment), upon passage of Proposal 2: "The prohibited bargaining topics created by 1994 PA 112 and included in Section 15(3) of PERA would NO LONGER exist (including)... Any compensation or additional work assignment intended to reimburse an employee for or to allow an employee to recover any monetary penalty imposed under PERA."

    "Our kids deserve teachers in the classroom, not on the picket line, but the MEA's President and internal legal documents admit that is exactly the kind of Chicago-style crisis Proposal 2 could unleash in Michigan," said Nick De Leeuw, spokesman for Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution.  "The President of the MEA has admitted publicly what his legal department has been bragging about for months behind closed doors, that Proposal 2 will give unions veto power over strike penalties.  Parents and taxpayers can't afford Proposal 2 and our kids deserve better than Chicago-style teacher strikes in Michigan."

    Teachers in Chicago last Monday walked out of their classrooms after rejecting a 16 percent pay increase, outraging parents and kicking nearly 400,000 students out of their classrooms and onto the streets.  The strike lasted nearly two weeks.

    < Monday Divertere | Throw More Money at the Problem says the Fat State Senator >

    Share This: Digg! StumbleUpon del.icio.us reddit reddit

    Display: Sort:
    Why focus on Chicago? (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 03:48:20 PM EST
    Look, we have failing school districts (literally) right here in our own backyard.

    Look at Detroit and Highland Park?

    There's plenty to do with the shenanigans pulled off in those two districts alone.

    Social promotion
    , rather than academic.

    Financial scams
    that only people like Stevie Wonder and AG Bill Schuette could ever possibly miss.

    I'm not sure what CPMC has in the pipeline, but I would frame the argument: "Do you want your child to attend this type of school district"?

    That is much more damning than anything those amateurs in Chicago could ever hope to pull off.

    I know. (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 07:30:29 PM EST
    It's a simple tagline: "Do you want to Detroitify your child's school district?"

    Based on my conversations with people across the state, you've just nuked any support for Prop. 2 right there.

    As for Chuck "The Toolman" Moss' screwing around in Lansing...look, you can't keep playing this game for very much longer.

    I don't see the little lightbulb going off over his head telling him that he screwed the pooch big time on this one.

    Fortunately, he's termed out.

    Thank God!

    Glad that we're... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by rdww on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 08:55:32 AM EST
    ... finally getting some counter-advertising out there showing what a disaster Proposal 2 would be.  I was beginning to think all those smiley-face government union worker ads telling us how "fair" it is would be the last word.

    Display: Sort:


    Make a new account

    Tweet along with RightMichigan by
    following us on Twitter HERE!
    create account | faq | search