Oklahoma Moves to Weaken Unions

A watered-down bill to weaken unions by changing the binding arbitration in Oklahoma has been passed by the state senate.

Among the proposals in the bill approved Thursday are giving preference to arbitrators from Oklahoma and changing the criteria arbitrators use when considering contract offers.

Holt initially proposed eliminating binding arbitration, arguing it is unfair to cities and taxpayers. He has since worked with city and union officials to modify the process rather than eliminate it.

Binding arbitration is a fixed process that favors unions. Anything done to make it more fair to taxpayers is good, but eliminating it altogether was the way to go.