Skip to comments.Power of purse still works
Posted on 03/27/2013 4:06:36 PM PDT by Graybeard58
Republican deep thinkers who have been agonizing lately about their party's future should take heart in recent developments in Michigan and Tennessee. The lesson: Money talks.
Michigan famously banned mandatory collection of union dues last year, and the measure takes effect Thursday. But public-employee unions are fighting back. "(U)nions representing thousands of public-school and university employees are racing to reach long-term contracts that cement the dues-collection practice for at least the next several years," The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. At one university, a labor contract preserves mandatory dues collection for eight years.
Legislative Republicans are engineering a counter-attack. Under a bill approved by a legislative subcommittee, colleges and universities that agree to union security clauses before Thursday's deadline would be stripped of 15 percent of their state aid. They can get the money back if they prove any new agreement yields a cost savings of at least 10 percent, the Journal article said. As Connecticut lawmakers and the public learned after the 2011 "concessions" deal with state-employee unions, proving such savings is difficult.
In Tennessee, social conservatives were understandably angered by the news that taxpayers' money would subsidize Sex Week activities at the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus. University officials promptly withdrew $11,145 in taxpayer funding. "We support the process and the students involved, but we should not use state funds in this manner," UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek was quoted as saying on the university's website. Republican state lawmakers go further, calling for a larger probe into university spending practices.
Here in Connecticut, the Board of Regents for Higher Education last week imposed a 5.1 percent increase in tuition and fees, sparking protests at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. If lawmakers don't like it, they hold the power of the purse over the university system and shouldn't hesitate to wield it because it works.
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If it becomes illegal to collect dues , then these contracts should be considered null and void.
It costs money for school boards to write out checks and keep the paperwork to collect the dues for these people
The vote said it had to stop, how can they sign a contract in good faith to continue it.
Some citizens should sue the crap out of the shool board for signing such a contract.