Skip to comments.Senate: Let first responders unionize
Posted on 05/13/2008 10:33:29 AM PDT by SmithL
The Senate has given critical approval to legislation to give all police, firefighters and other first responders the right to collective bargaining.
The 69-29 procedural vote proves the bill would survive any possible filibuster attempt. The Senate will vote to send the bill to President Bush later this week.
. . . Cabinet secretaries say they will suggest he veto the bill.
. . .The bill would guarantee public safety officers the right to join unions and bargain over wages, hours and conditions of employment. It also would ban them from going on strike.
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Which means the Taxpayer will take it up the backside again, the largest growing Union in the US is Public Sector, which means “We” are paying those increasing wages and benefits no matter how incompetently they do their jobs.
We will be seeing a ton of stuff like this next year...
This is the federal government forcing state and local governments to allow collective bargaining for workers they hire.
-—and this is about when I cease calling myself a Republican of any kind-—
“I’d love to continue resuscitation , but it’s time for my mandatory break”.
It worked so well for the TSA.
There goes the neighborhood...
“There is no right to strike against the public safety, anytime, anywhere.” - Calvin Coolidge
Did you read the article?
It also would ban them from going on strike.
I say cut the government employees by about 90%. That would get us back to where we belong. As for the Unions, the government should start thinking about limiting their non-work related activities.
The 10th amendment requires that the Feds leave to the States that which is not covered by the Constitution, including their employment practices.
They have gained sufficient power in legislative bodies over the last twenty years that strikes aren't necessary--look at California, for example.
How long do you think that provision would survive?
They just took a big, fat dump on every volunteer firefighter, EMT, and deputy in the nation. Thanks, jerks.
Unfortunately, that amendment has been redacted from their copy of the Constitution.
Banning strikes is meaningless. Many states have bans against teacher strikes but teachers still strike without repurcussions. Even without strking, first responders will have many tools to force money from taxpayers. This bill is a terrible intrusion on states' rights and a green light to much higher labor costs.
I assume you are referring to their 16 billion dollar budget deficit?
Probably forever, or at least as long as we have at least 40 Republicans left in the Senate. The bill could never get passed without GOP support, and that provision is the major condition that GOP Senators set.
McCain’s position is to not annoy the unions while not actually supporting them.
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