State Rep. seeks Wisconsin-style limits on collective bargaining

Providence, RI – Joseph Trillo (R, Warwick) has introduced a bill that would limit public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Trillo wants to take away public employees' right to bargain collectively for pensions and health benefits. His bill would nullify all current state and municipal contracts and limit any new contracts to one year.

Part-time employees would lose all benefits and new hires would get 401K plans instead of a pension.

Trillo says he was inspired by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's proposal, which passed this week after several weeks of protests. But he admits he has little support among his colleagues at the Rhode Island General Assembly, where he says the bill "may never see the light of day."

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