Proposals to reform collective bargaining are ‘modest’ at best


And you thought you’d elected Republicans to the state Legislature.

The headline in today’s print edition of the Las Vegas newspaper called the bill drafts targeting collective bargaining reform “modest,” which is an overstatement. They are milquetoast.

(Since there are at least four bill drafts on this topic, the headline online simply made not sense at all: “Will Sandoval use the bill to achieve collective bargaining reform?”)

According to the story, one bill would make collective bargaining talks subject to the state open meeting law, while another would require any contracts negotiated in secret, as they all are, to be made available to the public before being voted on by elected officials. Another would better define what constitutes a fiscal emergency allowing contracts to be reopened.

The strongest one comes from Reno Republican Assemblyman Randy Kirner. It would exclude supervisors from public union organizing and prohibit the use of tax money to pay the salaries of employees doing union work. It also would require final contract offers to be revealed to the public.

But Kirner was quoted as being less than ardent about challenging the cost of collective bargaining: “Speaking for myself, we don’t want to destroy the collective bargaining process. But we think there should be some changes, some reforms made. That’s the track I am personally going down.”

Apparently there is not bill draft to end collective bargaining or even to end binding arbitration that so often ends up favoring the unions.

We repeat the words of progressive icon and friend of labor Franklin D. Roosevelt from a 1937 letter:

“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people …”

Las Vegas Democrat state Sen. Tick Segerblom promised to fight any reforms of public employee unions “tooth and nail.”

The governor has said he wants collective bargaining reform, but he hasn’t said what that entails.



7 comments on “Proposals to reform collective bargaining are ‘modest’ at best

  1. Eddie InLiberty Hamilton says:

    When the Democrats assumed POWER, they went BALLS OUT implementing their left leaning liberal Agenda.

    But, Republicans are too TIMID despite the fact that it has been 85 years since they had full control of the Nevada state government.

    They are going to BLOW this chance in a lifetime opportunity to reform state government….SAD but true…oh well, what’s the use

  2. Steve says:

    So,,,your idea is to squander an opportunity to hold power on an effort to enact sudden change?
    How about establishing the control and implementing slowly, over time?

    OR does it make too much sense to try and keep the advantages gained from this last election?

    2 years is a very short time in politics and big changes now could easily cost conservatives the control gained and seed it to those liberals who think they are now getting what they want.

  3. What conservatives? The two biggest tax hike proposals in history came from Republican governors.

  4. Steve says:

    Yes…and it’s happening all over the country.
    I still say it is inevitable with an economy that is improving after several years of holding the line.
    This time we have real conservatives in the mix and a chance at systematical changes over time while holding on to the power gained.
    If things were changed suddenly we could easily see a loss of this in the very next election…as things stand Tick Segerbloom is beginning to come off as a total jerk with his statements about fighting any changes in public union law. He seems ready to block any tax increases that include anything like that. Their true nature is either going to be made clear or they will accept some of the things conservatives have been trying to get through for years…small steps first to hold the line.

  5. Where’s Scott Walker when we need him?

  6. […] attack on collective bargaining — for public employees only, by the way — are a couple of proposed bills to make the collective bargaining process more transparent for the taxpayers who have to foot the […]

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