A bill in Congress sponsored and introduced April 12 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.) would override states and allow police, firefighters and emergency personnel have collective bargaining powers. Mint Hill’s Police Chief, Tim Ledford, thinks it’s a bad idea:

Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, believes collective bargaining would bring tax increases and layoffs. NCACP opposes the bill. Ledford, once a union official in a different industry, says he understands rank-and-file officers see collective bargaining as a path to higher compensation. However, his experience showed him union contracts hurt good workers by protecting slackers: “With unions, everybody gets the same across the board.”