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house Bill H.R. 3463

Should Public Sector Employees Be Guaranteed the Right to Collectively Bargain?

Argument in favor

The 2018 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which held that public sector employees don’t have to pay their fair share into unions if they’re not members, severely weakened unions. This hurts American workers across the economy (even in non-union jobs). Requiring state governments to allow workers to unionize and negotiate with their unions will help many public servants negotiate for better pay, hours and benefits.

Mark's Opinion
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07/07/2019
Just about every right and perk you have at work is because of the work that unions have done; 40 hour work week ,overtime , etc. nothing wrong with workers having protection and rights, if you disagree with that you no doubt are not part of the workforce. 30 year teamster here.
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IllWill's Opinion
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07/07/2019
Absolutely! And it’s not just public sector employees that need to have their right to collectively bargain protected. It’s also private sector employees! We need to get rid of right-to-work laws and strengthen workers’ rights!
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07/07/2019
Support Matt Cartwright ‘s bill to ensure collective bargaining for public sector employees.
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Argument opposed

The Janus decision was properly decided as a First Amendment issue: public sector employees shouldn’t be compelled to pay dues to a union which in turn uses those funds to advocate for political positions (both related and unrelated to their members’ day-to-day jobs) that they vehemently disagree with. Even labor-friendly FDR opposed collective bargaining by public sector unions.

AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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07/07/2019
Abolish public sector unions! They are a greedy farce and are completely corrupt to the core. Make every state in this great country a right to work state.
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operaman's Opinion
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07/07/2019
Public Sector Employees should never be allowed to feed at the public trough.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/07/2019
If all state implementations of civil servant employment are substantially like federal civil servants employment, I have to say Nay. If different states each have different practices, I have to say Nay- Since a one-size-fits-all legislation would not be appropriate in all cases. Federal civil servants are greatly limited regarding any form of collective bargaining. This is the “price” paid for substantial civil service job protection, in place to prevent political hacks from directing civil servants to directly or indirectly support their politics. While private sector employees can be fired or disciplined at the discretion of the “boss”, federal civil servants cannot- at least not without clearcut and well documented cause. Federal civil servants can form unions, voluntarily joined, to challenge decisions made and potentially resolve conflicts (such as safety issues or unfair practices) through arbitration. They cannot advocate or bargain for changes in pay and/or benefits. If state civil servant employment entails substantially similar practices, I think that should be enough. Particular, since some states have retained indexed defined benefit retirement plans (which will ultimately pay out much more than paid in - at taxpayers expense). Most private sector employees cannot get this kind of retirement package anymore. (all federal civil servants hired after Reagan are on a 401-K type plan and funds already collected by payroll deductions are projected to be substantially in excess of any potential payout to those federal civil servants, hired before Reagan, who chose to stay with the prior plan).
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    Just about every right and perk you have at work is because of the work that unions have done; 40 hour work week ,overtime , etc. nothing wrong with workers having protection and rights, if you disagree with that you no doubt are not part of the workforce. 30 year teamster here.
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    Abolish public sector unions! They are a greedy farce and are completely corrupt to the core. Make every state in this great country a right to work state.
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    Absolutely! And it’s not just public sector employees that need to have their right to collectively bargain protected. It’s also private sector employees! We need to get rid of right-to-work laws and strengthen workers’ rights!
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    Support Matt Cartwright ‘s bill to ensure collective bargaining for public sector employees.
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    Benefits and pay were better when more employees had the power of collective bargaining! The middle class was stronger.
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    Yes, collective bargaining improves working conditions for everyone so everyone should contribute. Paying dues is the price for better and safer conditions.
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    Public Sector Employees should never be allowed to feed at the public trough.
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    If all state implementations of civil servant employment are substantially like federal civil servants employment, I have to say Nay. If different states each have different practices, I have to say Nay- Since a one-size-fits-all legislation would not be appropriate in all cases. Federal civil servants are greatly limited regarding any form of collective bargaining. This is the “price” paid for substantial civil service job protection, in place to prevent political hacks from directing civil servants to directly or indirectly support their politics. While private sector employees can be fired or disciplined at the discretion of the “boss”, federal civil servants cannot- at least not without clearcut and well documented cause. Federal civil servants can form unions, voluntarily joined, to challenge decisions made and potentially resolve conflicts (such as safety issues or unfair practices) through arbitration. They cannot advocate or bargain for changes in pay and/or benefits. If state civil servant employment entails substantially similar practices, I think that should be enough. Particular, since some states have retained indexed defined benefit retirement plans (which will ultimately pay out much more than paid in - at taxpayers expense). Most private sector employees cannot get this kind of retirement package anymore. (all federal civil servants hired after Reagan are on a 401-K type plan and funds already collected by payroll deductions are projected to be substantially in excess of any potential payout to those federal civil servants, hired before Reagan, who chose to stay with the prior plan).
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    Having lived and worked Union and non union jobs in both strong union and “right to work” states, life is better all around with strong unions. “Right to work” really just means “right to exploit”. It doesn’t protect anyone but the corporations. I support labor unions and the right to collective bargaining. They are not perfect, but life is better off with them than without them.
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    Unions made this country better There are excesses on both sides, so we need to be vigilant.
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    This should be a given, regardless of where you work.
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    Absolutely! How else will they have decent wages, sick and vacation time, as well as, possibly, some form of healthcare? You idiots that see Unions as bad have NO IDEA HOW BAD IT WAS BEFORE UNIONS. I admit that Unions have some problems that need to be addressed, but without them ALL workers are screwed! Wake up, you fools!
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    We need to get rid of unions completely! I don’t need someone speaking for me, I’ll do it myself. The safer work place aspect has gotten way out of hand, almost every place I go I have to put on a clown suit to walk in the door, ridiculous. Take some damn responsibility for yourself. All unions do is feed democrats money and push socialism!
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    Both proponents and opponents of labor unions have relevant points when it comes to labor unions. These organizations have a number of benefits to offer members but there are also economists who don’t completely agree that it is what the economy needs and in the U.S., unions have become unpopular with the private sector. These types of organizations have advantages and disadvantages that should be taken in consideration by the government and voters alike. The important thing is for any employee to know and understand the policies of a certain labor union before he or she joins one. The Janus decision was properly decided as a First Amendment issue: public sector employees shouldn’t be compelled to pay dues to a union which in turn uses those funds to advocate for political positions (both related and unrelated to their members’ day-to-day jobs) that they vehemently disagree with. Even labor-friendly FDR opposed collective bargaining by public sector unions. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 7.7.19.....
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    Unions are necessary for employees to have any say in how they are treated. Collective power and majority rule is the only way to be heard in America, except for the few in positions of power. It is not in employees' best interest to throw that away simply because not every person agrees with every action taken.
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    Unions fought and died to give us freedom from child labor, sweatshops, and extremely dangerous workplaces that maimed and killed thousands. Thanks to unions, we have a minimum wage, retirement plans, a 40 hour work week, sick leave, and paid holidays. The Republican war on unions is a war against working families and the common good.
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    Unions are what gave us a strong middle class. They brought us 40 hour work weeks, weekends, safe working conditions, paid sick and vacation time to name a few. Without collective bargaining & unions we would go back to the dark ages!!!
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    Yes. Although the GOP hates collective bargaining, unions and any other attempt to strengthen protections for American workers and limit the greed at the top. This is particularly true of my pathetic senators-tillis and burr (GOP NC). They are disgusting, greedy individuals that do not now nor have ever represented the great state of NC with any grace, humility or accuracy. They are appalling senators and people.
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    NO. Public sector/government employees already get better benefits than private industry and nearly-guaranteed job security even if displaying incompetence. That’s good enough. I’ve worked in both government and private industry - public sector/government employees have a sweet deal.
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    Too many unions. This is why budgets and costs are so high. Have council to negotiate salaries and benefits
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