ON-Lion Letter
With the early-November repeal of Senate Bill 5 by Ohio voters, a collective-bargaining law signed by Gov. John Kasich earlier this year, public-sector unions will claim that this is the final verdict that will end efforts to change the terms of employment for unionized public-sector workers.  In his new Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issue brief, "Storm Clouds Ahead:  Why Conflict with Public Unions Will Continue," Daniel DiSalvo argues that, instead, this will be the latest in a series of ongoing conflicts that will arise between governments and public-employee unions in states where the public workforce is heavily unionized. 

DiSalvo is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership, which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and an assistant political-science professor at The City College of New York.

Slow economic growth, DiSalvo writes, will cause persistent budget problems -- especially as pension and health benefits limit the availability of funds for core government services.  These conditions will pertain to New York, California, Illinois, Rhode Island, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington State. If governments in these states spend more on the salaries, pensions, and health care of its employees, it cannot spend on public transit, schools, and assistance for the poor. 

There will also be ongoing conflict between public-sector unions and government because of the fundamental differences between unions in the public and private sectors, he says.  In times of fiscal pressures, these differences make it very difficult for elected officials and government labor unions to resolve disputes -- in contrast to private-sector negotiations, where compromise has started to take root between management and workers.
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