Massachusetts House Votes To Restrict Union Bargaining Rights

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This should give people faith in the future of our democracy. Public sector unions should not be in control of a political party and they should not be in control of every aspect of their salaries and benefits. The reason is obvious. We can’t afford it and it’s not working. Public sector unions present a conflict of interest just by their very existence. They don’t cooperate and they feel entitled. We are now suffering the results of lily-livered administrators who bargained our rights away when times were good. Yes, our rights. Our rights to not be forced into paying outrageous costs and benefits. These bargains were made in different times and, if unions won’t cooperate, then we need to legislate some of their entitlements away. We could ignore the costs once, but no longer.

“…House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

saying he’ll fight interest groups
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.

“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’ Read more here: Boston

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