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Putting a Leash on Public Employee Unions

SB 342 would do a lot of good things. It would allow, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal noted in an editorial this week, “decide for themselves whether to have their employers deduct union dues from their paychecks.”

Me, I’d ban the practice outright, but letting the employees decide is at least a step in the right direction.

The bill would also require that collective bargaining proposals for public employees be shared with the taxpayers who fund their generous pay and benefits, as well as “prohibit the use of public money to pay for union representatives for their work, requiring instead that local government employees who are members of unions pay for their own negotiations.”

So let it be written; so let it be done.