In 11 states, secret government union collective bargaining is law, a lack of oversight that should be corrected. This lack of oversight often leads to unions employing strong-arm tactics to receive higher wages and benefits at taxpayer expense, say Nick Dranias, Bryron Schlomach and Stephen Slivinski of the Goldwater Institute.
- Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Wisconsin all require collective bargaining to take place outside the watchful eyes of elected officials and the news media’s watchful eyes.
- About 2.5 million Arizonans, more than 40 percent of the state’s population, live in municipalities that keep collective bargaining with government unions secret.
- Arizona pays its hourly employees approximately 20 percent more than what workers earn in the private sector.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that state and local government employees earn 43 percent more than their private sector counterparts.
The monopoly unions exert over labor is strengthened by collective bargaining laws that enable this pay gap between public and private workers to exist. Because of these strong laws, government unions are able to extract compensation and concessions that are not found in the private sector.