State legislators expressly excluded public servants who work for the commonwealth from their new public collective bargaining law for political subdivisions. They don’t want to have to deal with never-ending negotiations and demands for more money and benefits from state employees. And that should be an object lesson to all local jurisdictions that are considering taking lawmakers up on their offer.
Mandatory paid sick leave failed to make traction in the General Assembly last year for the same reason it should be rejected again this year: Small businesses that are already operating on the edge due to the pandemic simply cannot afford it.
KUDOS TO the Virginia Senate’s Commerce and Labor