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Okla To Repeal Collective Bargaining Law

From an outraged Reuters:

Oklahoma set to repeal collective bargaining law

By Steve Olafson Tue Apr 19, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Senate dealt organized labor another defeat on Tuesday when it voted to repeal a collective bargaining law.

The 29-19 vote means that some of the state’s fastest-growing cities no longer will be required to collectively bargain with sanitation workers and other non-uniformed workers.

The measure already passed the Oklahoma House and now goes to Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill would repeal a law passed in 2004, when the Oklahoma Legislature and the governorship were controlled by Democrats. The law required cities with populations over 35,000 to engage in collective bargaining with non-uniformed workers, though it did not affect Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Muskogee, which already were engaged in collective bargaining.

This is something the media usually refuses to acknowledge. For most state employees, collective bargaining is a relatively new provision. Moses did not bring it down from Mt. Sinai.

Three Senate Republicans crossed party lines to keep the 2004 law intact, but that wasn’t enough to stop repeal.

How sad. But why didn’t some of the Democrats just flee the state and hideout until all of this blew over? Are there no statesman in Oklahoma?

City employees affected by the bill include sanitation workers, 911 operators, mechanics, animal welfare workers, secretaries and street and water department workers

All of whom obviously deserve to have salaries, healthcare benefits and pensions that far outstrip those of the people who pay their salaries.

With Republicans now in charge of Oklahoma state government, organized labor has been on the defensive this year, just as it has been in Wisconsin and Ohio, where collective bargaining rights have been curbed.

"We thought Oklahoma could rise above the stuff that happened in Wisconsin," James Curry, president of the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, said of the Senate vote.

No, oddly enough, some governments just can’t "rise above" trying to be fiscally responsible with the taxpayers money.

These historic changes sweeping the nation are really a monument to the hard work of the Tea Party and the courage of men and women like Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker.

But they are also a testimony to the ineluctable power of economic reality. Broke is broke.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Okla To Repeal Collective Bargaining Law”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    Moses did not bring it down from Mt. Sinai.

    God bless you, Steve. Just found out that Moutain Dew burns when snarfed through the nose. LOL! Thank you for the laugh!!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Before you know, the Blue Coat Union’s Kansas militias will be riding into Oklahoma waging guerilla war on innocent farmers, burning their lands and buildings, imprisoning their wives and children, laying waste to everything the Union does not approve.

    It’s happened before and if anything, History Repeats.

  3. proreason says:

    ok, if the okies do it they’ll be allowed in the United States of Texas if the Moron steals the election in 2012.

  4. Astravogel says:

    If I recall it correctly, it was Texas legislators
    who fled to Oklahoma to avoid something or
    other. Last time the Union invaded the Nations,
    the Confederate-aligned Native American forces
    rustled their wagon train at Cabin Creek and took
    off with some millions of dollars worth to Tulsy’s Town
    on the Arkansas River. Their families had ‘stuff’ for
    the rest of the war.

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