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Arizona Lawmakers Target Bargaining

By Stephen Sawchuk — February 07, 2012 1 min read

Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to begin debating a host of bills that would, among other things, prohibit collective bargaining for public employees and make it even more difficult for unions to deduct money that could go towards lobbying, the Associated Press reports.

While not a required-bargaining state, Arizona school districts can choose to bargain collectively with unions if they want.

Last year, Ohio lawmakers passed a law to outlaw collective bargaining in the state. And Wisconsin Republicans pushed through a bill to limit teacher bargaining to wages, and even then all increases would need to be indexed to inflation. Both efforts faced massive resistance from unions, and the public: The Ohio measure was repealed in a ballot initiative, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin appears headed toward a recall election.

Elsewhere, according to AP reports, New Hampshire lawmakers are considering doing away with collective bargaining and automatic dues deductions from workers’ paychecks.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 08, 2012 edition of Education Week as Arizona Lawmakers Target Bargaining

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