Anti-Community Benefits Bill passed to House, Take Action: Call Gov. Snyder
This morning the Michigan Competitiveness Committee passed HB5977, the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act”, to the House. It is anticipated that the bill will move to the House floor this Thursday, December 11th. Please take action now! The bill was introduced by State Representative Earl Poleski (R) from Jackson County. The Detroit Regional Chamber spoke in support of the bill in a committee meeting last week. Yesterday, Monday, Dec 8th, Detroit City Council passed a resolution in opposition to the bill and this morning we received letters from Mayor Duggan and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, also in opposition to HB5977.
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Please note: While the Mayor and the DEGC have expressed their opposition to this state bill, prior to the bill being introduced both were outspoken AGAINST the DETROIT Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance.
What HB 5977 Really Does: This law will interfere with local governments’ ability to strengthen state laws to meet the needs of its citizens by specifically preventing these ordinances:
· Paid Sick Days: Sets a minimum standard for employer-provided leave time; protects public health by assuring sick adults and kids are able to stay home. These laws keeps people connected to the workforce even in times of personal or family illness—ensuring all jobs boost local economies.
· Prevailing Wage: Local Prevailing Wage ordinances work to ensure skilled and experienced trade workers remain in their field—providing higher quality and more cost efficiencies. These laws also help ensure local jobs go to local workers, who support local economies.
· Community Benefits Agreements: Allows local units of government to enter in agreements, or pass ordinances, that require large, publicly-funded projects to ensure that the surrounding community benefits by giving residents the opportunity to compete for jobs and giving local small businesses the right to bid to do work on the project. These agreements ensure that those most affected by new projects have a seat at the table and a voice in the process.
For more information visit equitabledetroit.org
TAKE ACTION CALL THE GOVERNOR! (517) 373-3400
- Detroiters deserve the right to fully participate in the economic rebound that is happening in the city.
- Detroiters deserve the right to negotiate CBAs at the local level when tax dollars and public resources are used for private development.
- We urge the Governor to veto any bill that takes these rights away from Detroiters.
Press Link: Anti-Community Benefits Agreement bill heads to Michigan House