Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Union Stripping Bill Passed-- In Massachusetts

A bill, stripping public sector unions of collective bargaining power, has overwhelmingly passed the Massachusetts state Assembly. The Assembly is dominated by Democrats-- which still passed the bill with almost a 2/3s margin.

And unions aren't happy:
“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. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’
“We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end,’’ he added. “Massachusetts is not the place that takes collective bargaining away from public employees.’’

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