If you believe collective bargaining reform in Nebraska is important, it’s important to understand that it's going to be up to the people within the state to keep up the pressure on all of the elected officials. This is particularly true if you recognize how collective bargaining is negatively impacting spending and influencing the outcome of policy on ongoing basis.
Based on all the evidence currently available, we are skeptical about the outcome of collective bargaining reform. In addition to the very unusual number of bills introduced, the two measures that stand to truly impact the issue in a way that would remove barriers to capping spending have received very little support from any elected officials.
Events in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states have provided an opportunity to educate the people of Nebraska on the subject, but it's been very quiet.
Unfortunately, our Nebraska Legislature, which is super-majority Republican, is waiting...waiting...waiting to see what Business and Labor Committee Chair Steve Lathrop is going to do about collective bargaining and the CIR. Reportedly, this is out of respect for the Committee process.
It seems to me that respect should be given in a measure which is directly proportional to that which is due. With all due respect to our legislators, how much respect is due the Chair of the Business and Labor Committee? I don't make these statements lightly. Please see THIS ARTICLE for additional information, if needed.
Although our Senators seem prepared to wait...and wait...apparently, as my grandparents used to say, "until the cows come home" (or perhaps more eloquently, for Godot), we should not. The flyer embedded and linked to below is an updated and slightly improved version of the one we handed out on Saturday, February 26.
In addition to making contacts of your own, can you think of at least 5 people to with whom you can share a flyer? You can email them a link using the email icon below or perhaps even hand them a printed version.