In yet another welcome display of common sense from state legislators, Oklahoma Senate approves collective bargaining repeal. Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign the measure.

The Oklahoma Senate voted today to repeal a state law that grants collective bargaining rights to city employees in Oklahoma’s largest cities.

House Bill 1593 passed 29-19 with entirely Republican support and now heads to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill would repeal a 2004 law that requires cities with populations of more than 35,000 to grant collective bargaining rights to nonuniformed city workers.

The repeal would most directly affect local chapters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which in Oklahoma consist mostly of city road and utility workers.

Sen. Cliff Aldridge, R-Midwest City, said the bill is good policy because it lets local officials decide whether to negotiate with labor unions.

Sen. Andrew Rice, D-Oklahoma City, criticized Republicans for failing to provide specific proof showing why repealing the law would be a good idea.

“There is no good reason for this,” Rice said. “We’re really sending a nasty message to the people who do work in our communities.”

Union Rules Make Us All Slaves

Sen. Andrew Rice is a complete fool or bought and paid by public unions, most likely both.

Of course there is a good reason to end collective bargaining. Cities should strive to provide the most services for the least cost, not the least services for the most costs.

The goal of public unions is to provide the fewest services for the most amount. Thus public unions are incompatible with public service.

Moreover, and I will keep mentioning this point every time paid fools like Sen. Andrew Rice open their mouths: union rules make us all slaves.

I will hammer the slavery point home until it sinks in. If you have not yet done so, please read ….

Economic Dunces in Enid

According to the article, Enid, Oklahoma population 49,000, Oklahoma’s, ninth largest city, “will continue bargaining with employees even if the law is repealed.

Collective bargaining jacks ups costs and that means higher taxes for absolutely no possible added benefit, and most likely negative benefit. Thus, regardless of where you live, you should vow to remove from office out any fools taking such a stance.

Click on the preceding link, or phone the city manager at 580-616-7246 and let the officials know what you think. You can also Email Mayor John Criner as well.

If you do the latter, please send him a link to this blog with your comments.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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