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DPS EM Roy Roberts & Gov. Rick Snyder
(Left) is facing a lawsuit filed by
Michigan resident Robert Davis (right)
over the timing of Robert’s required
Oath of Office.
“I am a strong unionist and to see individuals who do not make a lot of money have their lives jeopardized by decisions one individual makes is quite troublesome to me,” he said to the Detroit Free Press.
“If the emergency manager is going to hold employees accountable, he should be held accountable,” he noted.
Davis said the union is not funding the lawsuit.
“Mr. Roberts has signed a valid Oath of Office to perform his duties as DPS emergency manager. He has also had a signed a contract since he started,” Wasko said.
- Public Act #4- known as the Emergency Manager Bill, is being challenged in District Court by the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Lansing, claiming that the law is in contrast to Michigan Constitution “Home Rule Act of 1963”. The Law Center is serving as lead counsel for the 28 Michigan citizen filing legal grievances on the law.
- Michigan Forward, a non-profit grassroots organization out of Lansing, has organized a Constitutional Referendum campaign, to collect up t0 161,000 signatures to place a vote on a future ballot for Michigan citizens can vote up or down Public Act #4. CEO of Michigan Forward Brandon Jessup explained his groups’ efforts on a September 4th Reach Out Job Search Radio weekly podcast.
- Public Act #98-known as “Fair and Open Competition in Government Contracting Act“, the law ends severely limit the ability for private unionized bidders, , subcontractors and labor organizations, to perform services on state, county, charter townships and city contracts in Michigan. A lawsuit, on the now, law is currently being debated within Michigan Eastern Federal District Court in Genesee County, for violations in of the U.S. Constitution under supremacy and contracts clauses and Federal National Labor Relation Board mandates.
- A future lawsuit is expected to be filed by the Michigan Educational Association and the American Federation of Teacher on behalf of a HB-4929, known as the “Right to Teach” bill. Passed by the Michigan GOP lead House last week, by a close 55-53 vote, the bill now heads to the state Senate where Republicans hold a 26-12 super-majority. Gov. Snyder has not yet guaranteed his signature if the bill passes the state Senate.
- A recall effort against Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to wrap up its’ 180 day petition circulation period on September 29th. The grassroots group leading this effort called the “Committee to RecallGovernor Snyder” has been gathering signatures since May 21, 2011. Only signatures obtained by the group since July 21, 2011 would count towards the 807,000 state registered voters’ requirementto place a recall referendum vote against Gov. Snyder on a special election ballot; due to Michigan’s Recall Law mandating valid signatures must be gathered in a 90 day period.
- A first recall vote statewide was approved by the Michigan Secretary of State and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, 2011 recall vote for state House Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc), after Michigan Educational Association backed effort achieved over 25,000 valid registered voter signatures.