The Washington Times - April 27, 2011, 11:50AM

In a trend that many thought only happened in Republican dominated state legislatures, a bill was passed in the Democratic controlled, veto-proof majority, Massachusetts State House that would limit municipal employees of of their collective bargaining power. According to the Boston Globe

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.


This is not a good sign for unions when Democrats are starting to turn on labor. The Obama administration is using the National Labor Relations Board to strike back at non-union states like Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah for passing measures that would protect the secret ballot for workers deciding whether or not they should unionize.