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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 12:58 PM
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13. It is very much up in the air right now
There is a severe problem with rising health care costs, even here in the home of RomneyCare. Costs for current and retired public sector workers are rising at an alarming rate. My husband is involved in negotiations with union officials on school related matters and the negotiations can get quite difficult. The legislation, not passed or signed yet, btw, tries to address an imbalance in the law that says that 75% of a union's members have to vote to accept changes in the co-payment rates.

Massachusetts is a split state on many issues. There are a lot of people who are "liberal" on issues that don't cost anything. However, there are many, many times when Republicans or conservatives get votes for their agenda because of conservative tax and fiscal policies.

This issue is a tough one for Democrats in this state. You try and maximize benefits for as many employees as possible and keep up the number of personnel needed to provide community services. Well, yeah, but these are bad fiscal times and the way we approach union negotiations is going to have to change with the times. However, that is not license to get rid of unions or disregard the law on bargaining rights. We need to adjust, not destroy.
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