Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 12 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
General News   

Dozens of US states declare war on workers' rights

By       (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.   1 comment
Become a Premium Member Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.
Author 33729
Message Tom Eley

States dominated by Republican leadership are pushing bills that would decimate public sector unions (which now account for the majority of total US union membership) including Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.

Among the legislative methods meant to achieve this are: outlawing or limiting the automatic dues-check off; requiring individual permission be gained for using union dues for political purposes; and by requiring regular re-certification elections. Several states are also pushing laws that would mandate secret ballot-style elections for union certification, rather than card drives, the prevailing custom.

Meanwhile, in states dominated by the Democratic Party, attacks on workers' rights are being directly linked to wage-cutting.

In Connecticut a pending House bill would outlaw any wage increase awards in binding arbitration whenever unemployment in the state exceeds seven percent. A second bill would limit binding arbitration wage-increase awards to no more than the Consumer Price Index. (Binding arbitration occurs when workers and employers reach an impasse in negotiations, at which point a federal or state mediator may dictate a settlement.)

Hawaii's Senate has passed a bill out of committee that "makes employer contributions to the employer-union health benefits trust fund non-negotiable under collective bargaining." A number of other bills are circulating in its House and Senate that would increase worker contributions to health care and pensions, and another passed out of House committee that would eliminate Medicare Plan B reimbursements for retired government workers and their spouses.

A number of state legislatures, including New York and Illinois -- both dominated by Democrats -- are advancing bills that would force arbitration panels to limit awards to workers based on "the ability of a public employer to pay an award," according to the language used in the New York bill. The bill, versions of which are active in Albany in both the House and Senate, would force arbitrators to give this factor the highest priority in making decisions. Its transparent purpose is to give all levels of government, from the state to the schools, the ability to force dramatic pay cuts by claiming financial duress.

A similar measure being advanced in Republican-controlled Michigan would allow workers' contracts to be torn up in government units that have gone into bankruptcy or receivership.

A bill pending in Washington's legislature, also controlled by Democrats, "Amends the Constitution to allow salary reductions for public officials during an economic crisis."

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Tom Eley Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Tom Eley is the author of numerous articles and writes regularly from a Socialist perspective on national and international issues for www.wsws.org, the voice of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Victim of FBI Raid Speaks Out

Obama Orders Assassination of US Citizen

Cancer rate in Fallujah worse than Hiroshima

UAW, GM slash workers' wages by half at Michigan plant

No explanation for apparent missile firing near Los Angeles

Dozens of US states declare war on workers' rights

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: