Looks like the waves of "real change" have reached the coast of Massachusetts.....about flippin' time....now restore the rights of the TAXPAYERS to tell the greedy unions that they too have to pay their fair share, just like the rest of us....
Here's my personal message to Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO - " GET OVER YOURSELF....you need to know that the days of pillaging the state coffers is coming to an end....about time. We need to make sure there is something left for the people of the state, not just the connected insiders. We'll be paying you & the rest of the greedy hacks for the rest of your lives....
UPDATE - House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night 111-to-42 following tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.
“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’
Robert Hayes is a typical bullying Union thug and has shown his infintile attitude when he doesn't get his way. Change happens and he and his Union ilk are not immune from the changes that have effected millions of Massachusetts Taxpayers for years, not just since the recession of 2008......His ability to threaten people and get his way is waning.
House leadership scrambling for votes to strip some bargaining rights
by Cynthia Needham April 26, 2011 - Boston Globe
House lawmakers are poised tonight to pass legislation that would strip police officers, teachers and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
The House action would follow tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.
Unions have been fighting to stop the bill, and House leaders offered two last-minute concessions tonight intended to shore up support from wavering legislators.
The first concession would give public employees 30 days to discuss changes to their plans with local officials, instead of allowing local officials to act without any input from union members. But local officials would still, at the end of that period, be able to impose their changes unilaterally.
The second concession would give union members 20 percent of the savings from any health care changes, up from 10 percent in the original bill.
The modifications bring the House bill closer in line with a plan introduced by Governor Deval Patrick in January. Patrick has said he is adamantly opposed to any measure that does not give workers at least some say in their health care plans, but he does not want unions to have the power to block changes. Senate President Murray has said she, too, wants workers to retain a voice in the negotiating process.
Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO said tonight that the House bill is unacceptable. "We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end," he said. "We expect that Massachusetts is not the place that takes collective bargaining away from public employees."