Washington State Response
Interview with Gov. Christine Gregoire on NPR (Feb 27):
“HANSEN: Budget deficits are the primary focus of many state legislatures across the country. Many governors are taking a get-tough approach with public employee unions. In your view, do you think the demands of labor unions are crippling state budgets?
Ms. GREGOIRE: No. Our labor unions didn't cause this budget crisis for us. They have sacrificed to help us solve it. I've just finished collectively bargaining with my unions and had an overwhelming confirmation of it by their vote. They contributed with a salary cut; they contributed by paying more in health care. They have stepped up and said we want to be a part of the solution. I did it by going to the table, respecting their collective bargaining rights and we got the job done.
HANSEN: Might these protests change the way some governors approach negotiations with their public employee unions?
Ms. GREGOIRE: You know, I don't think so. My fellow governors, like myself, understand the way to success is sitting at the table, respecting the collective bargaining rights of our unions - teachers among them - and asking for them to sacrifice. And when I did that, they stepped up and said it's tough on us, it's tough on our families but we didn't come to public service for money. We came to serve, we want to be part of the solution, we're willing to sacrifice.”
WA St Republican Party Blog (Feb 22):
“This Saturday, February 26th, thousands of Washington taxpayers will gather in Olympia to show their support of governor Scott Walker in his efforts to rein in the costs of state government.
We urge you to attend if you can. The rally will be held on the north steps of the Capitol building, starting at 11am.
Governor Walker has drawn the line in a battle that must be won to secure his state's financial future. The public employee unions and professional leftists have organized to defeat him, and he needs our support.
If you cannot attend the rally, I want to encourage you to show your support for Governor Walker, and become a fan of his on Facebook.
His courage is an example to us all, and the outcome in Wisconsin will determine to a large extent whether we can turn our country around. He must win so that we all will win, and enjoy a brighter more secure future.”
Bad Collective Bargaining Bills Introduced in 2011 Legislative Session
SB 5870: Rejecting the request for funds necessary to implement state collective bargaining agreements for the 2011-13 fiscal biennium; by Senators Zarelli, Tom, Baumgartner, Swecker, Stevens, Ericksen, Morton, Honeyford, Parlette and King
HB 1841/SB 5761: Addressing management and consolidation of state information technology; as introduced by request of Governor Gregoire [Note: The anti-collective bargaining provisions were removed by amendment]
SB 5345: Encouraging competition for collective bargaining agreements; by Senators Swecker, Honeyford, Ericksen, and Hewitt
SB 5347: Protecting the right to work; by Senators Swecker, Honeyford and Hewitt
SB 5349: Eliminating collective bargaining for state employees and certain other groups; by Senators Honeyford, Swecker, Morton and Hewitt
SB 5728: Concerning state collective bargaining and competitive contracting; by Senator Zarelli
HB 1374: Requiring state agencies to use private collection agencies; by Representatives Hurst, Dammeier, Finn, McCune, and Johnson
SB 5284: Requiring state agencies to use private collection agencies; by Senators Hobbs, Benton, Kastama, Tom, Litzow, Hatfield, Schoesler, Hill, Honeyford, and Holmquist Newbry
HB 1511: Promoting efficiency in the WA state ferry system through personnel and administrative reforms; by Representatives Clibborn, Armstrong, Angel, Kagi, Smith, Johnson, Van De Wege, Morris, Kristiansen, Schmick, Rodne, Condotta, Ahern, Warnick, and Ladenburg
SB 5405: Promoting efficiency in the WA state ferry system through personnel and administrative reforms; by Senators Haugen, King, Sheldon, Fain, Hargrove, Becker, Prentice, Shin and Tom
HB 1512: Concerning WA state ferry system personnel and projects; by Representatives Armstrong, Clibborn, Angel, Smith, Johnson, Van De Wege, Morris, Kristiansen, Schmick, Rodne, Condotta, Warnick, Ladenburg
HB 5408: Concerning WA state ferry system personnel and projects; by Senators King, Haugen, Becker, and Prentice
HB 1609: Regarding school employee workforce reductions and assignments; by Representatives Pettigrew, Dammeier, Carlyle, Dahlquist, Kagi, Finn, Anderson, Jinkins, Hunter and Eddy
SB 5399: Regarding school employee workforce reductions and assignments; by Senators Tom, Litzow, Hill, Hobbs, King, Hargrove, Sheldon and Shin
For bill information, go here. For contact information for members of the Legislature, go here.
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