ranch saidinteresting hypothesis, sb.
is this merely your opinion?
can you provide any links/hard proof/evidence to back up your hypothesis?
just because YOU say it is so; doesn't mean that anyone else believes it's true........
I wonder if why if collective bargaining is really a civil right why the Democrats took collective bargaining away from federal employees under the Carter Administration and failed to return it to them when they had both houses of congress and the presidency.
The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 signed by President Carter laid out exactly what federal employees could and could not collectively bargain for.The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, essentially makes Washington D.C., in the purest sense, a "right to work" zone. Federal employees cannot be compelled to join a union . Nor can they be compelled to pay union dues.
Federal employees are denied by statute the "right" to strike. The "right" of federal workers to picket is limited to informational picketing only. Federal workers may not picket if it impedes the operation of the agency in question. Union agency contract provisions as well as other forms of compulsory union support are prohibited in the case of federal employees.
Recognition of labor organizations as exclusive employee representatives can only occur if a majority of employees vote for it through a secret-ballot election. There is no collective bargaining for prohibited political activities, retirement benefits, life insurance, health insurance, suspension or removal for national security, exemption, certification or appointment, position classification which does not result in a loss of grade or compensation or any matters the union and agency agree to exclude. Collective bargaining for federal employees is limited to personnel employment practices only. Basic working conditions such as hours of work, wages and employee benefits are subject to statutory provisions (General Schedule classification and pay system for federal workers).
The Civil Service Reform Act was passed in 1978 by Democratic President Jimmy Carter backed by a Democratic congress. The act specifically lays out the issues over which employees can bargain for as well as prohibiting compulsory union support.
I wonder why someone like Mr. Obama, who enjoys an enormous amount of flexibility in managing his federal Civil Service employees, wants to deny that same flexibility to the state and local governments. After all, The Wisconsin government employees would still have more collective bargaining "rights" under Mr. Walker's plan than Mr. Obama's federal workers have had for more than 30 years.
Most people assume that unions use collective bargaining only to obtain better pay and benefits or work conditions. The real issue behind collective bargaining is for the unions to insist that the money runs through the unions giving them power over the states.
For example, the teachers union in Wisconsin doesn't just bargain for more money for health care. It bargains to require that local school districts buy health insurance for their teachers through the union-affiliated WEA Trust for health insurance plans. By requiring school districts buy insurance through the WEA Trust the union has the ultimate say over health benefits, not the state and not the majority of taxpayers. If the teachers union were forced to use the State Employee Health Plan the state would save an estimated $68 million each year that goes to the union. Wisconsin is hardly alone in this, similar arrangements exist in other states.
If Democrats are so worried about collective bargaining in Wisconsin, why haven't they restored them to federal workers in more than 30 yrs? More importantly, if collective bargaining is a basic human right, why did the Democrats remove them from the federal employees in the first place?
You can find the Civil Service Reform act of 1978 here: