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Report: Obama Giving Labor Unions Another Handout

Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 08:48 AM

The Heritage Foundation reports that the Obama administration is handing unions another taxpayer-funded handout with the "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.”

The proposed law is attached to a spending bill that provides war funding for the troops that will soon hit the House floor for a vote.

The proposed legislation has nothing to do with improving public safety.

In fact, it overrides state laws to boost union membership — at taxpayer expense, and would require all states to allow police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel to collectively bargain with taxpayers.

And, if states fail to create their own collective bargaining systems, the act calls for the federal government to impose one on them.

States without government employee unions have weathered the recession much better than those with them, says James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics at Heritage.

However, he reports that Anna Burger, head of the Change to Win union federation, says that the union movement wants to "build off the police and firefighters a real chance to gain a national collective bargaining law, and create a national collective bargaining standard for all public workers.”

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives has already passed the bill, which must now go to the Senate, The Daily Progress reports.
If passed by the Senate, this act will give unions more control over public funding and increase taxes to fund local budgets because of the increased salaries and benefits cities and counties will have to pay for union members.

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