Another State Starts Process To Restrict Public Employee Unions’ Bargaining Powers
I’ll start with about the first paragraph and a half…
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.
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states.
Now, can you guess the state? I’ll put the answer below the fold.
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.
That’s right. The deep blue lefty-haven of Massachusetts has seen Democrats push a bill to put limits on what public employee unions can bargain about.
Under the legislation, mayors and other local officials would be given unfettered authority to set copayments and deductibles for their employees, after the 30-day discussion period with unions. Only the share of premiums paid by employees would remain on the health care bargaining table.
If people like Massachusetts Democrats are willing to consider any restrictions on public employee union bargaining, there may just be a sea change coming.