Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution's latest ad lies to attack Proposal 2. The 30-second ad falsely claims that Proposal 2 will block schools from removing employees with criminal backgrounds and remove safety standards for school bus drivers.
"The last thing we need is parents worrying about the lies in this ad," said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. "Proposal 2 won't make it harder to protect our kids. Collective bargaining actually helps law enforcement keep our schools and our communities safe."
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant. The lies spread by these shadow groups won't pass muster in the light of day," says labor and employment lawyer Michael Lee.
According to Lee, "Under the Revised School Code of Michigan, all current teachers and newly hired teachers receive background checks conducted by the Michigan State Police and the FBI. Prop 2 doesn't change that. If an employee of a public school is charged with a crime, disclosure to the Superintendent of the district is required under the Pupil Protection Act. Prop 2 does not change that either. If a school employee is convicted of a crime, the due process and legal prosecution is not affected by Prop 2."
The claim that Prop 2 would eliminate safety standards for school bus drivers has already received a "foul" from The Center for Michigan's independent Truth Squad. (http://bridgemi.com/2012/09/anti-prop-2-group-goes-too-far-with-sexual-predator-claim-truth-squad-rules/)
Federal and State of Michigan law make clear that this claim is false. Labor organizations do not and cannot bargain about the licensing requirements under federal and state law.
For the full story, see Tele-Press Conference to Demand that New Ad Full of Lies be Taken Off the Air at ProtectWorkingFamilies.com.