Action Looms on a Bargaining Bill - WSJ.com
I think this is wrong on so many levels.The Senate is moving closer to passing legislation that would require states to grant public-safety employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical workers, the right to collectively bargain over hours and wages.
The bill, known as the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, would mainly affect about 20 states that don't grant collective-bargaining rights statewide for public-safety workers or that prohibit such bargaining. State and municipal associations, as well as business groups, oppose it, saying it will lead to higher labor costs and taxes, at a time of budget deficits.
The bill, backed by at least six Republicans in the Senate, prohibits strikes and leaves to states' discretion whether to engage in collective bargaining in several areas, including health benefits and pensions.
First, the feds don't have the authority to force localities to allow unionization of locally funded public service workers.
Secondly, these unions will be forced on all people, even those who don't want to be a member of a union.
Can we say, freedom of association?
Last, states and cities are already suffering from budget woes, we shouldn't be doing things that make it more difficult for them to fund their needs.