12th District Vice President Larry Osborne shared this op-ed in the Charlotte Observer by Tom Brewer, vice president of Charlotte, NC Local 660, in support of our collective bargaining bill, soon to be taken up in the Senate. He makes a convincing argument for why this bill needs to be passed, presenting a solid case why collective bargaining rights will not drain city coffers, noting that there are municipalities across the country with collective bargaining where employees and employers have worked together in this economic downturn to balance the budget and still protect public safety and maintain minimum staffing. It’s good to see union leadership stand firm on this issue.