VIDEO: Rep. Jim Moeller discusses binding arbitration

By Lou Brancaccio, Columbian editor

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Moeller Video Interviews

Today's video is one of five recorded by editor Lou Brancaccio. This series began Tuesday, March 5, and will end Monday, March 11.

Tuesday:Voting against popular opinion

Wednesday:CRC

Thursday: Binding arbitration

Friday: Prevailing wage

Monday: Legislative session

In a wide-ranging interview with State Rep. Jim Moeller, he discusses binding arbitration.

Some government workers — such as police, fire, prison employees — have given up their right to strike and have gone to binding arbitration. Although these workers are mostly local (city) workers, the state plays a role because it is a state law that created binding arbitration.

Some critics of binding arbitration — even some local officials — have said binding arbitration has driven up the cost of paying government workers. Moeller, D-Vancouver, addresses his view of binding arbitration. Part three of five.