As the next legislative session is scheduled to open, I want to remind us of what was enacted during the last legislative session — gutting the collective bargaining law for public employees. There are probably few employees who have worked without this law as it was enacted over 40 years ago, and the ramifications of this action will undoubtedly take some time to enfold.
The reason for this letter, however, is to call people’s attention to the fact that few, if any, Republicans campaigned on this issue. In fact, the candidate for my district indicated he was simply looking to reform the arbitration process to make it more amenable to the taxpayers — as if public employees were not taxpayers. It is also not what he voted for.
Now The Gazette reports that Republicans are responding to the alarm that they are coming for public workers’ retirement funds as “nothing more than political grandstanding and fear mongering.” Please remember the adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” To say that I don’t trust the Republican legislators not to change IPERS is an understatement.
Carolyn L. Stucker