Collective Bargaining


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Public sector collective bargaining refers to requiring employees to collectively negotiate over their wages and work places instead of individually with their employer -- hence the term “collective bargaining.”  Collective bargaining leaves employees who wants different terms of employment powerless against union bosses who become their sole representative.

AWF opposes public sector collective bargaining rights because forced bargaining sessions render the state and employer helpless to the demands of special interests. By giving one labor group authority to demand an increase on salaries, benefits, and promotions, everyone else has something taken away. There is little concern that government employers will mistreat their employees, but to the extent unions raise wages it comes out of taxpayers pockets.  Pay and benefits should be based on merit system, not forced monopolies.

Additionally, AWF opposing the forced representation that collective bargaining brings. Workers should not be forced to have an external agent "bargaining" on their behalf and deciding for them how they want their workplace organized. AWF continues to push for the repeal of all state collective bargaining laws.

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