Democrat Steve Sweeney and Republican Jennifer Beck (smell a deal in the making) are the co-prime sponsors of a bill that sets out a schedule of healthcare contributions that all public workers will make.
The issue is not about the schedule of payments. The issue is that once such a schedule is legislated, in New Jersey, it becomes ILLEGAL to collectively bargain anything else.
It is a back door to making collective bargaining illegal.
CWA and other unions are ready to negotiate over healthcare and everything else. We have been ready to go to the table for months. The Governor has now – only finally given us “tentative” bargaining dates for March.
We have always been willing to negotiate and try to figure out how to save services, jobs, and protect workers fairly. We saved the state hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars in our 2007 contract with Corzine and later again with our MOA that provided for furlough days and a wage freeze in exchange for solid job security.
There is no good reason for the Legislature to pass the Sweeney-Beck bill except that it will cripple collective bargaining in this State.
It must be stopped.
keep reading to find out how…
Over the next 3 weeks we will be working on getting pledges from Democratic legislators that they will not interfere with collective bargaining.
We will hold enormous Lobby Days.
We will be on the picket line.
And we will do whatever is necessary to protect the life and breath of unions in this State: collective bargaining.
It has been so heartening to see the progressive movement come out in force to support us. I hope we see our Democratic law makers standing with us and the Wisconsin 14 and do the same.