A few months ago I told you about rumored plans that the Obama administration and new Labor Secretary Hilda Solis would relax financial disclosure rules for labor union leaders. Well, they are rumors no longer.
Check out this detailed posting at Labor Pains to get a further flavor of the hypocritical complaints from union leadership.
The disclosure rollback is bad on another level, as well. As I wrote recently in the issue brief Setting the Standard for Pro-Worker Transparency (PDF), Colorado would do well to emulate the U.S. Department of Labor disclosure rules for its own public-sector unions.
Just because Democrats in Washington D.C. are closing the curtain, though, doesn’t mean Colorado can’t start pulling it back. The sunshine will be good for the dues-paying and fee-paying government workers and for the public at large.