Pushback to Republican Governors assault on organized labor
To organize labor in the USA is a proven right. Organized labor is a counterbalance to private and public enterprise managerial abuse. The assumption is not that all enterprise executives are abusers of workers. The assumption is that enterprises and their executives and managers operate with supreme control of operations, but, people are the enablers to enterprise performance. They perform through a system of balance of consequences: 1) compensation for expected performance, 2) bonuses for exceptional performance, 3) disincentive and punishment for deficient performance.
Managing performance requires a degree of specificity and precision that begins with management defining outcomes and attributing them with performance metrics. Management defines processes for which work gets done and attributes specific contributions from workers each with their own metrics.
Sloppy management results in sloppy work. Deficient agreements result in deficient outcomes.
For instance, when state governors and legislators entered into agreements with organized state employees defining benefits and such, they did so in good faith that they would be able to honor the agreements. When state economies failed to provide the capacity to support agreements then that should trigger renegotiation. The bargaining process starts with the burden of the parties to make their respective cases.
When governors attempt to skirt or sideline the bargaining process, that is an act that indicts their behavior as being potential worker abusers.
“A few days ago, Gov. Scott Walker's effort to end collective bargaining for state employees looked almost certain to spread to other GOP-led states. And there has been some interest, notably from Ohio's John Kasich and New Jersey's Chris Christie. But over the last 24 hours, we've also begun to see some pushback from Republican governors. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott told a radio program that he wouldn't be pursuing a plan similar to Walker's. "My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine,” he said. In Indiana, where Republican legislators have introduced a bill mirroring Wisconsin's and Democratic legislators have responded by fleeing the state, Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked his allies to table the legislation. "For reasons I've explained more than once I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised," Daniels argued.
There are a couple of possible reasons that this effort isn't spreading further and faster among some of the GOP's gubernatorial class. The unions have made clear that attempting to take collective bargaining rights will be, if nothing else, a huge hassle. The various governors have a lot they want to get done over the next couple of months -- Daniels, for instance, is pushing legislation that'd bring vouchers to Indiana's school system -- and don't see an interminable fight over ending collective bargaining as the best way to spend their political capital. And some might have sensed what a Gallup/USA Today poll found yesterday -- that more than 60 percent of Americans opposed ending collective bargaining, and they're not even that friendly to cutting pay and benefits for state workers.
It's still too early to say what will happen in Wisconsin. The Democrats can't hang out in Illinois forever, and Walker has left himself very little room to negotiate a compromise. But at this point, it seems clear that the unions have, if nothing else, conveyed the message that ending collective bargaining wil be a difficult, exhausting, and polarizing fight wherever it is tried. And that might prove enough to get other governors to think twice before trying it.”