July 2011Labor Watch
However, DiSalvo has noticed that larger changes are taking place. Writing in
, he argues that, “[T]here are outside forces that may make reforminevitable. Global competition and techno-logical innovation will demand it. That is if the huge unfunded liabilities for pensionsand health care don’t catch up with state andlocal governments ﬁrst.”State budget problems have spiraled out of control since the 2008 ﬁnancial crisis, andthey are causing governors and mayors toagree on one goal whatever their ideologi-cal leanings: They don’t want their states togo broke. Transcending the usual left-right political divide, some Democrats are defy-ing their labor union allies, and are movingaggressively to cut their budgets and limitthe power of public sector unions.When Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohiodo this, they create an intense union back-lash. But what happens when elected of-ﬁcials with a “D” next to their names takeon union privileges in deep-blue states likeMassachusetts, Connecticut, and New York?
The Democrat-controlled MassachusettsHouse of Representatives shocked the na-tion on April 26, when it voted 111-42 tolimit collective bargaining for municipalemployees in the state through a provisionin the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget pro- posal (H.3400, Amendment #749). The billis now in the state Senate, where it faces atougher battle. Governor Deval Patrick, aDemocrat, has not promised to sign the bill, but he praised the House for its “important”vote, and earlier this year he ﬂoated a similar proposal.
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