Will, Interesting article here, partly on recents trends in union-busting, but also on public employee pensions. Proposes, in the final paragraphs, that perhaps pensions should be put to a vote, just like bonds. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/mayjune_2011/features/the_fallacy_of_union_busting029139.php I’m not certain this would work well, because the public tends to have anti-Keynesian impulses (“I’m cutting back, so should the […]
We send our elected representatives to the State House to make hard decisions. They are usually not popular with everyone. Representative Brownsberger has listened to all sides of this issue and made the best choice possible. Saying no is the hardest thing any of us has to do. Will, your experience in town government shows […]
Rep. Brownsberger, You said in the posting the Unions played by the rules but you have chosen to change them and that is not good faith bargaining. I read your posting that because you are a legislator, you can change the rules. As a union member who has negotiated contracts for my local, I played […]
From today’s Boston Globe – ““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.” Congratulations to you, Will, and the others who voted FOR the people of MA who get handed […]
I believe it is incredibly insensitive and reprehensible to remove collective bargaining rights from the union when planning health care options for their employees. As a lifetime Democrat, I believe it is time for me and others to reconsider our political affiliation. Why are you so afraid of our right to bargain […]
Last night the House of Representatives voted 113 to 42 to remove health care plan design from collective bargaining for municipal employees. I view the reform as a very modest and responsible labor law adjustment that reflects important practical realities.