Public Unionism: 2010 Aftermath

Source: Arthur L. Finkle, HR News, Vol. 77 no. 7, July 2011
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The New York Times reported in April 2011 a litany of union devolution. In Wisconsin, the newly elected governor sought to materially curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees. New Hampshire, Ohio, and Indiana have followed suit.

Three-fourths of the states allow collective bargaining for their public employees. They will be awaiting developments in their own legislatures; the inevitable court challenges and the possibility of another voter realignment that will protect public workers.

We live in a democracy governed by a constitution. Each state has a constitution. There is no constitutional guarantee for collective bargaining (or unions, for that matter) in the public sector. Public unionization and collective bargaining are products of legislation as a part of the “Great Society” movement in the late 1960s.

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