What started out in Wisconsin has been embraced by a large part of America. While Wisconsin was busy becoming famous for playing the role of battle ground, states all over America were busy getting to work.
Wisconsin passed a bill which would strip much of the collective bargaining rights away from union members. When it came to benefits, these unions would have to compete in the market just like us normal guys.
Wisconsin still hasn’t been able to implement it’s law, however. A judge has ordered an injunction due to a suit brought up against the Republicans claiming that the session used to pass the bill violated open meetings rules. I don’t know for sure if those rules were broken or not, however, the bill will become law in time. Either with a positive ruling or by simply voting again.
The Democratic-controlled Statehouse in Massachusetts voted earlier this week to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, as part of the state’s budget measure. It passed by a vote of 157 to 1.
The Massachusetts legislation would allow local municipalities to make unilateral changes to agreed-upon benefits, like health care, bypassing the need for union approval. It would, however, leave open a 30-day window where unions may be consulted on changes to benefits.
The nation is in trouble; states are in trouble. And finally, through the actions of a few strong legislatures and 1 governor, people are beginning to see the massive damage inflicted by unions.