The Orange-County Register editorial page makes a case to return California to 1977. It was in 1978 when Governor Jerry Brown signed The Dills Act which mandated collective bargaining between public sector unions and California state and local governments. Now the California Center for Public Policy is gathering signatures for The End Public Sector Bargaining Initiative to be placed on the ballot in November 2012. If it passes unions would still operate and participate in political campaigns. The difference is that governments would instead bargain with individual public employees, rather than the union. And unlike Wisconsin’s reforms, the initiative proposes to extend the measure to include public safety unions.
How far the initiative gets is another story. In Ohio, unions are fighting to overturn (via a November 8 referendum) Governor Kasich’s 2011 bill that restricts collective bargaining to only negotiations over wages.