The Short-sighted Attack on Collective Bargaining

David Weil's op-ed in the Boston Globe's "The Angle" on May 28 argues that states will not solve their budget, health care and pension problems by limiting or doing away with collective bargaining for their non-unionized public employees. Rather, collective bargaining provides a structured approach for setting pay, benefit and pension policies as conditions change over time. While the Wisconsin imbroglio was national news for a month, other states (Massachusetts and California plus 20,000 Los Angeles municipal workers and city government) all quietly reached agreements with their states' workers that both sides can live with.