Alexandria, VA - Today, State Budget Solutions (SBS), a nonprofit organization advocating for fundamental reform of state budgets, released its recommendations for reforming collective bargaining laws for government employees. Author and President of SBS, Bob Williams, delved into the history of collective bargaining, problems associated with bargaining and reforms for unions.
“Government employees’ salaries and benefits, particularly pensions, are financially unsustainable in most states and collective bargaining reform is desperately needed,” said Williams. “Our goal with this paper is to simplify how state governments can reform collective bargaining and ensure that government employees are able to receive their pensions.”
Suggested reforms for government unions include: voluntary association; no forced political speech; no state collection of union income; increased fiscal transparency and opening negotiations to the public.
“Wisconsin has made terrific stride in improving their budget stability since implementing collective bargaining reforms. Governors from across the country have realized the Day of Reckoning is now and are pushing for strong pension and/or collective bargaining reforms. State Budget Solutions urges state government to begin reforming collective bargaining before it is too late,” said Williams. “Collective bargaining reform is a power struggle, not a rights struggle. Now the only people with no power at the bargaining table are taxpayers.”
To read Bob Williams’ full white paper click here.
To set up an interview with Bob, please contact Meghan Tisinger at Media@statebudgetsolutions.org or 703-965-1145.
Bob Williams, President of State Budget Solutions, is a former state legislator, gubernatorial candidate and auditor with the Government Accountability Office. To read Bob Williams full bio click here.
About State Budget Solutions
The State Budget Solutions Project is non-partisan, positive, pro-reform, proactive and anchored in fundamental-systemic solutions. The goal is to successfully engage political journalists/bloggers, state officials and opinion leaders in a new way of thinking about state government and budgets, fundamental reforms, transparency and accountability. Sharing studies and articles, data sets, anecdotes, and compelling narrative about what is happening in state and local budgets, The State Budget Solutions Project presents and disseminates information about every aspect of coming fiscal and economic disasters and, more importantly, highlights fundamental reforms to avoid them.
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