Now That’s an Entitlementality
In the midst of a story about Rhode Island government’s hard financial times, one finds the following nugget:
… local officials say they need more.
They want state legislators to change the pension rules for municipal employees, requiring them to work longer before they can retire.
They are also pushing for the repeal of a state law that allows third-party arbitrators to impose sometimes costly police and fire contracts on municipalities after union talks break down.
Those proposals face opposition from the state’s powerful labor lobby.
Tony Capezza, Rhode Island state director of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said the binding arbitration law is only fair, since police officers and firefighters do not have the right to strike.
“If you don’t have binding arbitration, you would have to have the right to strike,” he said. “Lincoln freed the slaves years ago.”
Yeah. Working at will an environment in which employers have the final say in running their organizations and employees with jobs critical to public safety can’t put those jobs on hold, en masse, as a negotiating tactic is just like being owned as chattel.