Romney Declares His Plans to Oppose Bargaining for Public Workers

When the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, sent a questionnaire regarding workers’ issues to President Barack Obama and candidate Mitt Romney, the differences between the two hopefuls could not be more different.

“I would not support an expansion of collective bargaining rights for public employees,” was the response that Romney gave regarding the Employee-Employer Public Safety Cooperation Act, which is legislation that requires states to allow collective bargaining with public safety workers.

While Obama cosponsored the Employee-Employer Public Safety Cooperation Act and responded by assuring the FOP that he would sign the bill as soon as it reached his desk, Romney promised to stand in opposition to any expansion of collective bargaining rights for public workers. In the past, Romney has consistently backed policies pushed in states such as Ohio and Wisconsin that killed collective bargaining rights, illuminating his support for anti-union and anti-public worker initiatives.

The questionnaire also highlighted the politician’s staunch differences on the topic of employee pensions. While President Obama is in favor of a traditional pension system, assuring “pensions for all federal law enforcement employees,” Romney plans to provide public workers with “defined contribution” pensions to reduce the cost from taxpayers.  Defined contribution pensions, however, will cause great risk at the hands of public employees.

As the Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney made constant attempts to strip public safety workers of their collective bargaining rights. We support the FOP in their recognition that Mitt Romney is not the answer for the rights and future well being of public employees.