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ERIC Number: ED105615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-20
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Neglected Issues in Federal Public Employee Collective Bargaining Legislation.
Lieberman, Myron
Federal collective bargaining legislation for public employees could create confrontations between federal government and state-local governments. Political promises can be foiled by bargaining outcomes, therefore states with bargaining rights should be exempted from the federal law. Equity between public and private employees is another problem that involves the issue of the right to strike. Equity must be a result of bargaining rather than of law, which involves the issue of public policy and what is negotiable. A third problem occurs when one level of government mandates costs or policies to be observed at another level. Federal law will affect the bargaining power at the local level. A federal law will inevitably result in a new balance of power between management and public employee unions. Impact will also be felt on matters of job security, retirement, work day, sick leave, and other mandatory issues. If we continue to ignore the genuine dangers of a federal bill, and if we cannot find a way to meet the legitimate representational needs of public employees without sacrificing essential managerial ones, state and local government will be impaled between domination by the federal bureaucracy and domination by public employee unions. (Author/DW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revision of presentation at National Conference of State Legislators (Washington, D.C., March 20, 1975); Table on page 15 may reproduce poorly