Coral Gables Labor Unions (Firefighters, Police and General Employees) and Candidates for Mayor and Commissioner: Time To Act

This is pretty obvious to everyone except the city commission of Coral Gables and the mayor, a steady supporter of city labor unions (and they of him).

Faced with growing budget deficits and restive taxpayers, elected officials from Maine to Alabama, Ohio to Arizona, are pushing new legislation to limit the power of labor unions, particularly those representing government workers, in collective bargaining and politics.

State officials from both parties are wrestling with ways to curb the salaries and pensions of government employees, which typically make up a significant percentage of state budgets.

Labor leaders, who argue that government employees are not overpaid, worry that many of these measures have a much better chance of enactment than in previous years because of Republican electoral gains and recession-ravaged taxpayers’ reduced sympathy toward government workers.

“We will also have to look at our system of pensions and how to ensure that they are transparent and actuarially sound and fair — fair to the workers and fair to the taxpayers,” Mr. Brown [of California]said in his inaugural speech on Monday.

via States Seek Laws to Curb Power of Unions – NYTimes.com.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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