House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.
Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.
Answer by annabarred at 10:36 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
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Answer by LoriKeet at 7:45 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
WOO HOO!! For Massachusetts this is definitely a MAJOR step in the right direction!! My faith in that state may actually be restored!! :o)
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:43 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
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Answer by samurai_chica at 7:23 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
Answer by samurai_chica at 7:25 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
Compromise and balance are a good thing. The all or nothing approach, not so much-
I agree samurai
Answer by Sisteract at 8:10 PM on Apr. 28, 2011
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