Throughout the country, after years of unions gaming the system by pouring money into politics only to see rich contracts awarded to their union constituents at the taxpayers’ expense, taxpayers are regaining control of their states and municipalities by repealing union-backed laws.
As we’ve see in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and (of course) Wisconsin, unions are up in arms over seeing their political fortunes eroded.
Now, in Oklahoma, the Senate passed a bill last week to repeal a 2004 law that required citied with more than 35,000 workers to collectively bargain with unions.
The bill only applies to non-uniformed personnel in 12 Oklahoma municipalities. The law would not apply to teachers, police and firefighters.
Four of those cities — Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa — had collective bargaining agreements in place prior to the original law being passed in 2004.
Predictably, unions are outraged. However, one union in particular, the Communications Workers of America let the cat out of the bag on the amount of influence it had on getting Oklahoma’s law originally passed. In fact, not only did the union support the legislation, the union helped write the legislation, as noted on the CWA’s website:
Jeopardizing the wages and benefits of thousands of workers, the Oklahoma Senate voted this week to repeal a collective bargaining law for city employees that CWA helped draft and pass in 2004.
The law required cities with more than 35,000 people to grant bargaining rights to non-uniformed workers. The repeal, which passed along party lines in the GOP-controlled House as well as the Senate, is expected to be signed quickly by Republican Gov. Mary Fallen.
“It’s a sad day for everybody here,” said CWA Local 6012 President Cindy Mills, whose local represents about 350 workers in Broken Arrow and Stillwater. Their annual contracts expire June 30, but the repeal won’t be effective until November.[snip]
CWA District 6 Organizing Coordinator Sandy Rusher and CWA Local 6086, representing Oklahoma state workers, helped draft the 2004 legislation. It included language requiring binding arbitration on issues that couldn’t be resolved at the bargaining table.
Apparently, the CWA has no problem admitting that, not only did they support the collective bargaining law, but they helped write it. If unions are writing laws, why go through the motions of even having elected representatives?
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776