A special thank you goes out to the US Congress today for trampling on North Carolina’s right-to-work status and it’s right to decide employment policy for its government workers. (I hope you can detect my dripping sarcasm).
The story hasn’t hit the major daily papers down here yet (not that I’ve seen, I could be wrong), but The Washington Post writes about a bill that passed the US House and will probably pass the US Senate that will grant collective bargaining rights to public safety unions.
North Carolina is one of only two states, Virginia the other, hence the WaPo article, that prohibits collective bargaining for government workers and this legislation will supersede our state’s employment practices and mandate collective bargaining rights to firefighters, police and EMS workers.
So, thanks Congress, for your infinite wisdom in mandating a policy we don’t want and creating budgetary nightmares for municipalities.