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Labor Principles

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES

SBAM opposes proposals which would allow state employees the right to collective bargaining.  (LAC 9/25/02) (BOARD APPROVED 10/10/02)

PREVAILING WAGE

SBAM supports repeal of the state Prevailing Wage Act. (LAC 2/8/95)
(BOARD APPROVED 3/9/95)

STRIKER PROTECTION

SBAM opposes any legislation that would allow for work stoppages for union or non-union businesses by employees and would require that those businesses guarantee jobs when employees choose to come back to work.  (BOARD APPROVED 3/26/91)

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

SBAM supports urging Congress to provide relief from increased federal unemployment taxes. (LAC 10/9/09) (BOARD APPROVED 10/22/09)

SBAM believes that any changes in Michigan’s unemployment system must not benefit large business at the expense of small business.  (LAC 3/15/01)
(BOARD APPROVED 6/28/01)

SBAM supports returning excess solvency taxes to negative balance employers.
(LAC ANAYLSIS – Unemployment Insurance)

SBAM opposes automatic increases in maximum unemployment benefits. (SBAM Action Agenda 2/88) (ISSUES 91/92) (LAC ANALYSIS – Unemployment Insurance)

SBAM supports the restoration of the waiting week.  (SBAM Action Agenda 2/88)
(LAC ANALYSIS – Unemployment Insurance)

SBAM believes businesses that participate in a state-sanctioned welfare reduction program should not be liable for unemployment costs for those probationary employees.  (SBAM Action Agenda 2/88) (LAC ANALYSIS – Unemployment Insurance)

SBAM supports reforms that serve to protect employers during disputes on unemployment account consolidation and support a prohibition on consolidation until final adjudication of a dispute between the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and the employer. (LAC 3/28/11)
(BOARD APPROVED 4/28/11)

SBAM supports measures that bring solvency to the State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and remove the burden of imposed state solvency taxes, federal unemployment tax increases through credit reductions and excessive interest rates on Trust Fund borrowing.  Michigan’s unemployment insurance tax structure should maintain an expansive experience rating and should be imposed at a rate not overly onerous to businesses, while maintaining a healthy Trust Fund balance.  

The Unemployment Insurance Program should be a program designed to help the unemployed re-enter the workforce.  Policies guiding the program should not give incentive to continue to collect benefits when suitable work is available.  Policy should be implemented to mitigate negative impacts on the Trust Fund beyond paying legitimate claims.
(LAC 11/16/11) (BOARD APPROVED 11/22/11)

UNIONIZATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES


SBAM opposes classifying independent business owners as public employees for the purposes of unionization.
(LAC 04/19/10) (BOARD APPROVED 04/29/10)

PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS

SBAM supports eliminating the requirement of Project Labor Agreements fro public contracts in Michigan.  (LAC 2/14/2011)  (BOARD APPROVED 2/22/2011)

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

SBAM supports the Restaurant Association proposal for a 24 hour combined work-week during school.  In addition, we support the nighttime limit increase, providing the minor has parental permission to work beyond the current 10:30 and 11:30 limit, as that limit exists currently.  (LAC 9/13/01) (BOARD APPROVED 10/12/01)