By Michal Conger, The Washington Examiner
Lack of transparency laws allows public unions to push for sweet deals they wouldn’t get if their negotiations were conducted in the open, a new policy report from the Goldwater Institute finds.
In fact, the report notes, “States across the nation could save $50 billion—and Arizona in particular could save $550 million—every year in excessive pay to public employees simply by banning government union collective bargaining.”
Only seven states have laws requiring that public union collective bargaining take place in the open. As the study notes, “Meaningful transparency in collective bargaining is clearly the exception rather than the rule.”