Experiences in Mississippi and other states without collective bargaining show public employees still can work with employers to get what they want, said Paul Secunda, a labor law professor and program coordinator for the Marquette Labor and Employment Law Program in Milwaukee.
"It doesn't have the bells and whistles of formal recognition. But what you do have is strength in numbers. It's only going to be the most callous state employer that ignores that," Mr. Secunda said. "The problem is, beyond consideration, there is no stick backed up by the law to force them to do anything."