While the increased activities of unions in North Carolina has elicited a weak response from most of the business community, there is movement against adding collective bargaining for public employees amongst the states human resources professionals. The same people that do the hiring, paying and firing of employees in the private sector view public unions as an added threat to the private workforce.
For the 2nd year in a row, the aforementioned HR pros, along with representatives from North Carolina's cities, counties, sheriffs, chiefs of police, school principals and administrators held an early morning breakfast meeting at the legislature to let lawmakers know how much harder all their jobs would become by adding unions to North Carolina's public sector.
One school superintendent, formerly from New York, told legislators that 45% of his time was spent dealing with collective bargaining with as many as 11 different unions at one time.
A chief of police, also formerly of New York, gave the view from the union side; he was a union negotiator. In his example he told lawmakers that the union had tough contract dealings with the sheriff's department for 2 years which resulted in a one time bonus of $600 (which was eaten in half by taxes) and a 6 month contract. They fought for 2 years for, effectively, $300 and 6 months of peace, at the end of which, they started all over again.
The bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives, that included some senior members of the leadership, listened attentively to the presentations.
Time will tell this session if the union movement has the necessary IOU's from financing election campaigns to pull off collective bargaining. Its still early in the process, but business has let the unions have a free hand in Raleigh for too long. It's about time business and taxpayers took notice of what the union bosses have planned for us.