– When government and unions negotiate, the public is locked out (even though it’s our money they’re spending). That’s not how our democracy is supposed to work. Government bargaining is the public’s business and belongs in the open.
– Most government decisions are made in the open – but not contract negotiations with employee groups. The political insiders wrote an exemption for themselves into the law, so you can’t watch them make a deal. That’s wrong.
– Rank-and-file union members are locked out too. Taxpayers don’t know if government negotiators are trying hard, and union members don’t know if their leadership is sticking up for them.
– I-1608 busts down the door so the public, union members, and the press can see their government in action. It’s our right.