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
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