Nebraska Senator John Nelson was a guest on DriveTime Lincoln on Wednesday to discuss measures he has introduced in the Legislature aimed at repealing the Industrial Relations and State Employee Collective Bargaining Acts and prohibiting collective bargaining by government entities in Nebraska. Since the Commission of Industrial Relations (CIR) is part of the Industrial Relations Act, with Nelson's legislation, the troublesome entity would cease to exist.
Nelson's LB664 and LR29CA are the two measures out of the nine introduced this session that we have recommended as most worthy of support.
In the interview, Senator Nelson pointed out key problems with our current system; Nebraska public employee compensation is not based on what the government entity, the employer can afford and the CIR is not bound to particular terms going into negotiations.
Prohibiting collective bargaining by public employees is NOT controversial; doing so would simply restore the status quo prior to 1969 and a chance to make needed cuts to budgets.
Based on the report of Senator Nelson and, following the segment, and a remark from DriveTime's host citizen sentiment is supportive of Nelson's legislation.
That's not surprising to we "common folk", just to people who have apparently decided big government is here to stay.
You can listen to Senator Nelson's interview by clicking HERE
THIS GiN page includes the articles we've written on the topic to date.
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