Nebraska Locals Defend Public Workers
February 15, 2011
Workers across Nebraska are pushing back against proposals by state legislators that would severely undermine collective bargaining for state and municipal employees.
Among the proposals is elimination of the Commission on Industrial Relations. The commission resolves disputes between municipalities and unions over wages by comparing compensation levels with an array of cities and towns of similar size. Unions and employers jointly contribute to the costs of such investigations.
Some state legislators have also proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate collective bargaining for public workers altogether.
Says International Representative Rich Michel:
The Lincoln Journal Star quoted Mark Salerno, business manager of Omaha Local 1483, who addressed a news conference opposing the changes:
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