Texas: Fight Over Collective Bargaining Picks Up
According to the Star-Telegram.com:
FORT WORTH -- Opponents of collective bargaining rights for Fort Worth firefighters said their efforts will be picking up before the Nov. 6 election.
Local business leaders are urging residents to vote no on Proposition 1, a special ballot issue that would give firefighters collective bargaining rights. In recent political mailers and e-mails to area business owners, they say approval of Proposition 1 will lead to higher taxes and create "union control" of the city's budget.
Firefighters are outspending their opponents nearly 20-1, according to campaign finance reports filed earlier this month. Another report on spending is due Monday.
The Fort Worth Fire Fighters Committee for Equal Benefits, a political action committee formed by the firefighters, has spent $94,380 in support of the proposition, compared with $5,000 spent by opponents.
Bill Thornton, president of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, would not say how much the chamber planned to spend in its effort to defeat Proposition 1...click to continue.