By Christina Beck | The Christian Science Monitor After a fraught couple weeks for Baton Rouge, La., law enforcement, which saw protests after the death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police, as well as murder of three law enforcement officers, some city council members are contemplating changes in city residency requirements for officers. Two […]
By Chris Camire | SentinelandEnterprise.com | July 16, 2012 Union membership dropped dramatically in Wisconsin last year after the state’s governor signed a bill outlawing the automatic withholding of union dues from workers’ paychecks. If states like Massachusetts follow suit, it could lead to a dramatic weakening of public-sector unions across the country, said Barry Bluestone, a […]
The Boston Foundation and Dukakis Center recently released a new report entitled “Toward a New Grand Bargain: Collaborative Approaches to Labor-Management Reform in Massachusetts” written by Barry Bluestone, Director of the Dukakis Center, and Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management at MIT.
New York Times Op Ed | September 7, 2011
How to Bring the Jobs Back: Freeze Public Wages
By Barry Bluestone
IN the face of this economic crisis, the federal government has all but declared unilateral disarmament. The Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, has vowed to keep real interest rates near zero, but even at that level few are borrowing. Over at the White House and on Capitol Hill, the pursuit of deficit reduction has taken on a religious fervor just when the economy needs a stimulus.
What can President Obama do? Many are suggesting another try at increasing infrastructure investment, but that would do little to provide a quick boost. Here is a wildly conservative, yet refreshingly liberal, alternative. Mr. Obama should first call together the leaders of all public- sector unions and ask them to pledge to a two-year freeze on federal, state and local public employee wages and benefits in return for a commitment to no government layoffs.