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Mar 29, 2012 9:32 AM by AP

Bill would require union negotiations to be public

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House will consider a proposal to open up collective bargaining negotiations between local government agencies and labor unions to the public.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday for the measure by Republican Rep. Tony Ligi.

Ligi says he proposed the idea after the Jefferson Parish School Board negotiated a contract with its teachers that no one was allowed to see before it was approved. He says taxpayers should have "a right to be at the table."

Opponents of the idea included leaders of unions that negotiate for firefighters, police officers and teachers. They said it could have a chilling effect on negotiations over pay and job protections.

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