Many States Already Restrict Collective Bargaining

Many States Already Restrict Collective Bargaining

Twelve states have laws granting collective bargaining rights only to certain groups of workers, such as teachers or firefighters, according to a 2002 U.S. GAO report. Twelve others have no laws guaranteeing collective bargaining rights for any public workers. But those numbers may rise soon. Fifteen states have proposed legislation this session that would restrict collective bargaining. Indiana's Senate and Wisconsin's House have already approved such measures (SB 575 and AB 11a, respectively). Note: Indiana ended collective bargaining for most public employees in 2005 via an executive order by Gov. Mitch Daniels (R). Indiana SB 575 would further eliminate such power for teachers.

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