Mass. House votes to restrict unions


House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.

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I loved this line!

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Robert Haynes said Wednesday that House members voted for the budget amendment “because the Speaker of the House made them.”

Oh, please!
The vote was 111-42.
I think the members of the House spoke.
DeLeo (the Speaker of the House) did say the vote could save municipalities $100 million a year that could now go toward education and other services.

Oh, those POOR, poor unions!
Want some cheese with that whine?

This is mind-boggling.