The role of public unions in the American workforce

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What is the role of public unions in today’s work force? Big changes in Wisconsin and California may be setting precedents for popular support in traditional union states like Pennsylvania. Have workers been given too good a deal as public union critics propose? Are their best interests – health care, work hours, safety and job security – best maintained by collective bargaining? Can local governments’ budgets support what the unions want? We’ll talk to PRIYA ABRAHAM, Senior Policy Analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, and STEPHEN HERZENBERG, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center.

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