Casino, collective bargaining ballot issues hit roadblock - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Casino, collective bargaining ballot issues hit roadblock

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

The four members of Board of State Canvassers (pictured above) voted Wednesday to block the people from voting on the creation of eight new casinos across Michigan.  They also deadlocked on whether to allow a vote on a union supported effort to secure collective bargaining rights.

It was a full house as the lawyers and the lobbyists argued the pros and cons of these issues.

The current tribal casinos do not want the competition, and their attorney argued when citizens signed the petitions to put this on the ballot, they did not know what they were signing.

"You can't change the law that the people enacted without them even knowing that's what this is about," said John Pirich.

The citizens didn't know what they were signing?

"I dare say that most lawyers wouldn't know what they were signing when they would've read this petition."

Jonathan Raven, the opposing lawyer, contended, "We think that there [are] an awful lot of flaws in his argument, and we intend to pursue those quite aggressively and with great confidence."

Organized labor will now head for the courts to get its amendment on the ballot concerning collective bargaining rights.

The state board also sent to the ballot a renewable energy proposal and one to unionize healthcare workers.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:23:48 GMT
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
  • Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:15:54 GMT
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
  • Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:54:57 GMT
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices