Another state has voted to limit the collective bargaining rights of public sector union workers, but without the political civil war that took place in Wisconsin. Why? Because the state in question was Massachusetts, and the legislators who did so were overwhelmingly Democratic. And the unions are none too happy about it.
“It’s pretty stunning,” said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.”
The bill faces an uncertain outcome in the state senate, but it cleared the house by 111 to 42 with the support of the Democratic speaker.