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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Our series of "Let It Rip" discussions on the proposals appearing on the November ballot continued.  This week our panel tackled Proposal 2, which deals with collective bargaining rights.

The following is the language that will appear on the ballot (from the Michigan Secretary of State's Office):

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

This proposal would:

Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees' financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.

Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.

Define "employer" as a person or entity employing one or more employees.

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Joining Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton on our panel to discuss this topic were Rocky Raczkowski, a Republican against the proposal, Greg Bowens, a Democrat in favor of it, and Sam Morgan, a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on employment rights and business disputes.  He gave us what he called an unbiased look at Proposal 2.

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