9/24/09

Council 94's Leaders Know Best?

The union heads at Council 94 have voted down the latest attempt at a negotiated agreement with the Governor over the deficit reduction plan. They don't seem to feel that this is a decision they should share with their members by allowing a rank and file vote.
That's too bad because it's possible that members would, in the end, sooner go along with the offered plan than face layoffs in their ranks. Other state employee unions have agreed to the negotiated offer for that very reason: they want to keep their jobs in this economy. You have to wonder if Council 94's leaders are reading this right, and whether they'll end up regretting this decision. They want to continue to negotiate; the Governor says he's done with negotiating. Now we'll see how far the Governor gets with the layoffs before he's challenged in court.

5 comments:

  1. Council 94's leaders are rightfully opposed to the Governor's attempts, in the midst of the budget crisis, to break the union. That's what the Governor would achieve if the union conceded him the right to move union members aaround in staffing shifts. They know what they're doing, and I'm sure their members support them.

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  2. Break the Union?? I would guess that's the last thing on the Governors' mind!! Look at the budget problems to see what IS on his mind. People generally want to be a part of making things a success, and I believe these folks would collectively come to the front if really given the chance. Too bad.

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  3. I hope that when the lay off slips show up next week, the effected people call their Union Reps and thank them for a job well done!!!!

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  4. Does the Governor have the authority to enforce layoffs or can that be challenged in court? Every time he wants to do something the unions challenge the state in court, tying things up in knots. Why would this be any different?

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  5. If the state actually lays off up to 1,000 wokers, will state government continue to function? What will it then be - 4 hours at the DMV instead of 3?

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