The standoff is over, the New York Times reports.
Tonight, while the state’s Democratic senators were out of state in an attempt to block the vote on a proposal to curtail the rights of public workers, their Republican counterparts managed to push it through in less than 30 minutes.
Here’s how the Times summarizes the bill:
The bill makes significant changes to most public-sector union rules, limiting collective bargaining to matters of wages and limiting raises to changes in the Consumer Price Index unless the public approves higher raises in a referendum. It requires most unions to hold votes annually to determine whether most workers still wish to be members. And it ends the state’s collection of union dues from paychecks.