June 7, 2012

 

Mr. Bob King
President, UAW
UAW International Headquarters
Detroit, MI 48124

 

Dear Bob,

I was genuinely disappointed when event organizers said you withdrew from our scheduled debate over the “Protect Our Jobs” ballot initiative at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mackinac Island Policy Conference last week. I looked forward to a lively and informative exchange on this far-reaching constitutional amendment. John Bayerl, who served as your last-minute replacement, did a fine job, but I’m sure the attendees would rather have heard your take on a proposal you’ve passionately endorsed.

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I’d like to extend an open invitation to you to schedule one or more joint public appearances where the two of us can discuss and debate our respective views on the issue. As we are both aware, the outcome of this proposal will have a major impact on state, local and school policies for decades to come. I believe voters would be well served by a forthright and public debate between us as they make up their minds in the coming months.

Please feel free to contact me at 989-631-0900 so that we can arrange a date or dates that are mutually convenient.

Sincerely,

 

Joseph G. Lehman
President
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

(Note: A copy of this letter was faxed and mailed to UAW President Bob King at UAW Headquarters on June 7, 2012.)


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