Since changes to the law are necessary, there are three basic approaches to PERA that the Legislature and the new administration might take:

  • Make one or more modest revisions to correct specific flaws in the law, while retaining the basic process of collective bargaining and the requirement that local governments bargain collectively.
  • Undertake a thorough PERA overhaul that dispenses with PERA’s mandate that local governments bargain with unions, and that leaves those governments free to bargain with unions at their own discretion, albeit with some restrictions to protect the public interest.
  • End the PERA bargaining mandate and additionally prohibit collective bargaining in public schools and local government.

There are legitimate arguments for all three, and we will consider each in turn.