In January, the Michigan Civil Service Commission extended health care benefits to state employees’ unmarried partners and their dependents. This was a victory for working families throughout the state.
Last week, the Michigan Senate moved to overturn this decision and revoke benefits for domestic partners. This action sets a dangerous precedent. It would for the first time in Michigan’s history reverse a decision made by the Civil Service Commission, disrupting the separation of powers that are a central tenant of our system of government.
The most successful businesses in Michigan, and across the nation, consider the extension of health benefits to household members a priority. A host of employers across our state feel strongly that the best business strategy calls for inclusive policies that protect their employees’ families by keeping them healthy.
This week, the Michigan House will take up the issue. Republican leaders are threatening to bypass a vote in order to push this resolution through. Sign our petition telling your Representative that they must allow a roll-call vote on Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 and vote NO on the resolution. Make your voice heard!
Read more about the issue at http://michiganmessenger.com/47022/senate-moves-to-rescind-domestic-partner-benefits
Join Michigan voters at a protest rally on Wednesday: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200878236596778&ref=mf