The UAW and other unions spent more than $23 million in their campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to make unionization a right protected under the state's constitution. After fighting a tough fight through the Michigan courts to even get Proposal 2 on the ballot, Michigan voters on Tuesday soundly defeated the measure 58 percent to 42 percent.
The unions pushed Proposal 2 because of what they viewed as anti-labor initiatives from Governor Snyder as well as the threat posed when neighboring Indiana pushed through a right to work act. Snyder has stated before that he has no interest in pushing a right to work bill in Michigan which has the third highest percentage of unionized workers in the country.
For coverage on the defeat of Proposal 2, you can look here:
Detroit Free Press – “Michigan voters reject all proposals; emergency manager law repealed.”
Purt Huron Times-Herald – “All Michigan proposals defeated, emergency manager law repealed.”