We think state employees should have the same collective bargaining rights as Federal employees.
In 1978, Democratic President Jimmy Carter, backed by a Democratic Congress, passed the Civil Service Reform Act.
Why should state employees have more rights than Federal Workers?
It is called Civil “Service” after all!
[W]hile less than 8 percent of private workers are covered by union contracts, union penetration in the public sector is 40 percent (and about 50 percent in Wisconsin). Government employees are now more than half of all remaining union members, and government unions increasingly dominate what is left of the organized labor movement–along with the politics of states that have granted them the widest array of rights and privileges. – – E.J. McMahon (Underscoring or bolding within quotations throughout this post are Forum’s.)
Here are several sources for facts, figures, and historical background which we believe will be immediately useful for conservative activists as they engage in discussions on talk shows, with elected officials, and with union voices.
Activists will be best prepared if they read the entire posts from which we have extracted only a sample of useful text.
What Bargaining Rights Do Federal Employees Have?
via Public-Employee Unions: Facts, Figures, History | UNCOVERAGE.net.
- Fact: Obama is CEO of Fed Employees, Fact: Fed workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits, Fact: Obama is a Hypocrite (politisite.com)
- OOPSIE; Federal Government “Union” Employees have no Collective Bargaining Rights! (votingamerican.wordpress.com)
- Obama to governors: Stop vilifying public employees! (hotair.com)
- Union Bargaining Just a Dream for Many Gov Workers (abcnews.go.com)