The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Massachusetts Passes an Anti-Union Bill

May 30, 2011

Republican attacks on union bargaining rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states have been all over the news and led to huge protests organized by the unions.

Now another state legislature has passed a bill limiting collective bargaining rights of certain public employees. Yet this time, the unions are strangely silent.

Maybe that’s because this time the bill was passed by their friends in that bastion of Democratic Party “liberalism,” Massachusetts, where the Democrats control both state houses and the governor’s office. The bill allows mayors and other local officials to make changes to public workers’ health care without their approval.

The Republicans have no monopoly when it comes to attacking workers’ bargaining rights and their wages and benefits. On that they’re in a “bi-partisan agreement.”