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State House Votes to Rein In Public Unions... in Massachusetts?

11:15 AM, Apr 27, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Now that Scott Walker has triumphed, even Democrats are trying to take advantage of the moment to rein in public unions:

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

The Unionsdämmerung is truly upon us.

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