Hi Mercer, believe you're the lady from
Wisconsin. I can see why the unions are upset -- they can't force
employees to pay dues (ha! ha!). And unions contribute big monies
Did you know Indiana's governor, Mitch Daniels, did the very same thing
back in 2004/5. He rescinded collective bargaining rights
for state employees 6 years ago. He subsequently turned a state
deficit into a surplus of approx. $800 million. Maybe he'll run
for president; his term ends soon. He has suggested ending social
security for wealthier Americans. (And so does former Mn guv, Tim
Assembly passes bill taking away union rights.
WHAT THE BILL WOULD
DO: Source: Associated Press and Reuters
1) Eliminate collective bargaining rights for most
public workers. So while unions still could represent those workers,
they would not be able to seek pay increases above those
pegged to the Consumer Price Index unless approved by a public
referendum. A GOOD THING!
2) Unions also could not force
employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes
to stay organized. A GOOD THING!
3) Local police, firefighters and state troopers
would retain their collective bargaining rights. A GOOD THING!
4) Public workers would have to pay half the
costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care
coverage. That represents an average of 8 percent increase in state
employees' share of pension and health care costs. ACCORDING TO KRAUTHAMMER (2.25.11), THEY PAY 1/4 OF
WHAT PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES PAY.
In exchange, public employees were promised no
furloughs or layoffs. A GOOD THING! Gov.
Scott Walker has threatened to lay off up to 6,000 state workers if the
measure does not pass.
$30 million by July 1 and $300 million over the next two
years to address a Republican-projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.
The proposal marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which
in 1959 was the first to pass a comprehensive collective bargaining law
for public employees and was the birthplace of the national union
representing all non-federal public employees.
When voters last year elected Gov. Walker, an
outspoken conservative, along with GOP majorities in both legislative
chambers, it set the stage for a dramatic reversal of the state's labor
New Republican governors and legislatures in other states
have proposed cutting back on public employee costs to reduce budget
shortfalls, but Wisconsin's move appears to be the earliest and most
Source: Associated Press and Reuters