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Bills to Keep an Eye On

Knowing the harmful possibilities of proposed legislation this session, the Michigan AFL-CIO and its affiliates want to make sure we continue educating our members, and communicating the impact of the proposed laws to the hard working citizens of Michigan.

Labor

Bill #DescriptionMi-AFL-CIO PositionIntroduced byCommitteeMost recent action
HB 4312extend so-called “Right to Work” to firefighters and police officersActively OpposeRep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland)Goverment Operations3/5/15;Introduced
HB 4311allow public employees other than the exclusive bargaining agent to bargain with employerActively OpposeRep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland)Goverment Operations3/5/15;Introduced
HB 4001repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeRep. Amanda Price(R-Park Township)Coomerce and Trade1/15/15;Introduced
HB 4002repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeRep. Aric Nesbitt(R-Lawton)Commerce and Trade1/15/15;Introduced
HB 4003repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeRep. Bradford Jacobsen(R-Oxford)Commerce and Trade1/15/15;Introduced
SB 1repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeSen. Arlan Meekhof(R-West Olive)Michigan Competitiveness5/14/15; passed Senate, sent to House
SB 2repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeSen. Peter MacGregor(R-Rockford)Michigan Competitiveness5/14/15; passed Senate, sent to House
SB 3repeal Prevailing Wage lawsOpposeSen. David Robertson(R-Grand Blanc)Michigan Competitiveness5/14/15; passed Senate, sent to House
HB 4428require vote every two years to recertify bargaining representativeActively OpposeRep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland)Commerce and Trade4/14/15;Introduced
SB 279Retirement: prohibit union members from receiving service credit when they are acting on behalf of the union, re: grievances, personal training, etc. regarding release timeActively OpposeSen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy)Appropriations11/10/15; referred to committee
SB 280prohibit public employer


contracts that pay union members for time conducting union business (release time)
Actively OpposeSen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy)Commerce and Trade11/10/2015: referred to committee
HB 4429, HB 4430eliminate prevailing wage

requirements for public school construction projects
OpposeRep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland)Commerce and Trade4/14/15;Introduced
HB 4630repeal law requiring employers to disclose that job postings are to replace strikersOpposeRep. Amanda Price(R-Park Township)Commerce and Trade5/20/15; Introduced
SB 272, 273require equal pay for comparable work and disclosure of certain wage informationSupportSen. Rebekah Warren(D-Ann Arbor)Goverment Operations4/16/15;Introduced

Democracy

Bill #DescriptionMi-AFL-CIO PositionIntroduced byCommitteeMost recent action
HB 4029no-reason absentee votingSupportRep. George Darany(D-Dearborn)Elections1/15/15;Referred to committee
SB 59no-reason absentee votingSupportSen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren)Elections and Government Reform1/29/15; Introduced and referred to committee
HB 4380eliminate straight-ticket voting optionOpposeRep. Todd Courser(R-Lapeer)Elections3/24/15; Introduced and referred to committee
SB 13eliminate straight-ticket voting optionOpposeSen. Marty Knollenberg(R-Troy)Elections and Government Reform12/31/15; Assigned PA 0268 '15 with immediate effect
HB 4310change state's electoral college systemOpposeRep. Cindy Gamrat(R-Plainwell)Elections3/5/14; Introduced and referred to committee
SB 197change state's electoral college systemOpposeSen. David Hildebrand(R-Lowell)Elections and Government Reform3/11/15; Introduced

Economic and Social Justice

Bill #DescriptionMi-AFL-CIO PositionIntroduced byCommitteeMost recent action
HB 4341establish graduated state income taxActively SupportRep. Jim Townsend(D-Royal Oak)Tax Policy3/12/15; Introduced and referred to committee
HB 4027repeal pension taxSupportRep. Tom Barrett(R-Potterville)Tax Policy1/15/15;Introduced and referred to committee
HB 4167require employers to allow workers to earn sick time, define when employees can use itActively SupportRep. Stephanie Chang(D-Detroit)Commerce and Trade2/10/15; Introduced and referred to committee
SB 101require employers to allow workers to earn sick time, define when employees can use itActively SupportSen. Jim Ananich(D-Flint)Commerce2/11/15; Introduced and referred to committee
SB 248, SB 249 make miscellaneous changes to auto no-fault systemActively OpposeSen. Joe Hune(R-Hamburg)Insurance4/23/15; reported with recommendation with substitute H-3; referred to second reading
HB 4560 allow funds collected by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, which are used to pay for lifetime medical benefits through the no-fault auto insurance system, to be used to fix roadsOpposeRep. Pete Lucido(R- Shelby Township)Insurance5/7/15; Introduced and referred to committee
HB 4538add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as categories protected by state civil rights law (Elliott-Larsen Act)SupportRep. Jon Hoadley(D-Kalamazoo)Commerce and Trade4/30/15; Introduced and referred to committee

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