PA Gov. Ed Rendell, as one of last acts as governor, decided against extending contracts for the state’s union workers for a year. That puts the contracts’ expiration dates at the end of June, 2011.
One state editorial calls this a “golden opportunity” for the new governor, Tom Corbett. Maybe it is. I’m honestly not sure if what Rendell did is a good thing or a bad thing. Rendell may well have meant to set up a trap for Corbett, but with Wisconsin very much in the news on government union issues, the outcome there can have a strong impact on the state’s bargaining position. If Gov. Walker prevails, Gov. Corbett is in a stronger position. The same is true in reverse if the government unions prevail in Wisconsin. The battle for Wisconsin isn’t just about Wisconsin.