Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 127-139

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Virginia's New Ban on Public Employee Bargaining: A Case Study of Unions, Business, and Political Competition

  • Dane M. PartridgeAffiliated withDepartment of Management and Marketing, School of Business, University of Southern Indiana

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This article explores the reasons why the Virginia General Assembly passed a law prohibiting public employee bargaining some 16 years after the Virginia Supreme Court had clearly ruled that such bargaining was impermissible absent express statutory authority. The impetus for this legislation apparently was a series of actions by Governor L. Douglas Wilder's administration involving payroll deductions for state employees. The Virginia case is compared and contrasted to the findings of recent aggregate quantitative studies of the determinants of public sector labor relations legislation, illustrating the relative influence of organized business interests over those of labor.

public employee bargaining public sector labor relations public policy political influence