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MI Employment Certainty Coalition

Our economy can't grow in a web of local regulations

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The Coalition to Support MI Employment Certainty has come together to oppose pending legislation giving Michigan’s 1,800-plus local units of government the ability to enact their own laws governing wages and other employee benefits. 


The coalition’s opposition to giving this power to local officials is not about whether employers should offer a fair wage or any other particular benefit. Rather, it is about who should make these decisions. We support decision making at the state and federal level so as to avoid a complex web of rules and regulations governing private employers’ relations with their employees. Doing otherwise will create inconsistency, confusion, and a bureaucratic, red-tape nightmare for job providers--and employees.


Michigan is not alone in giving the state sole authority to regulate private employment policies. Forty-four states have moved to preempt local labor laws, a trend that has picked up significantly since 2013.


Nearly three dozen organizations across Michigan have banded together to oppose this legislation, which could make some areas of our state's “high-cost islands,” limiting community access to jobs and necessities, reducing incentives to invest and, ultimately, discouraging population and economic growth in our state.

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Employers are in the best position to design benefit packages that serve the distinct needs of their employees

• Government should not make running a business more difficult or costly

• Overreaching governmental interference will stifle economic growth

The Coalition to Support MI Employment Certainty is united around a common set of principles:

Coalition to

Oppose MI Employment Certainty


ABC Michigan

Barry County Chamber & Economic Development Alliance

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Bradford White Corporation


Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Bankers of Michigan 

Detroit Regional Chamber


Fifth Level Hospitality

Foundry Association of Michigan

Fresh Perspective Home Care

Gosen Tool and Machine

Grand Rapids Chamber

Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce


HighPoint Electric

Holly Area Chamber of Commerce

Home Builders Association of Michigan

Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce

Jackson Chamber of Commerce

Jude's Barbershop

Lansing Regional Chamber

Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce

Macomb County Chamber

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Bankers Association

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Chemistry Council

Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Golf Course Association

Michigan Ground Water Association

Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association

Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association

Michigan Retailers Association

Michigan Soft Drink Association

Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

Midland Business Alliance

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

National Federation of Independent Business 

Nu-Wool Co. Inc.

Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce

Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc

Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Association of Michigan

Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Policy Forum

Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce

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The legislation 

House Bills 4237

Senate Bills 171

Coalition letter opposing bills

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