Tobin shelves bills to curb unions

Rep. Steve Montenegro
Rep. Steve Montenegro

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services | Arizona Daily Star

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, is sidelining two anti-union measures rather than bringing them to the floor for a divisive – and potentially losing – vote.

Tobin said most of the Republicans who control the Legislature have no problem chipping away at the power of labor unions. He said much already has been done.

But the speaker said the two measures he’s sitting on are drawing strong opposition from police and firefighter unions, and many GOP lawmakers, being strong supporters of “first responders,” and in some cases, having been endorsed by those unions, are reluctant to attack them.

The move disappointed Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, the sponsor of the more sweeping of the measures – HB 2330, which would require any negotiations between employee groups and public bodies be open to the public.

“It’s transparency,” he said.


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February 2013