Let me quote the innocuous Ann Coulter regarding government unions.
It used to be widely understood that collective bargaining has no place in government employment. In 1937, the American president beloved by liberals, FDR, warned that collective bargaining “cannot be transplanted into the public service.” George Meany, head of the AFL-CIO for a quarter century, said unions were not appropriate for civil servants. As recently as 1978, the vast majority of states prohibited unionization of government employees.
The unholy alliance of government and union has reached its pinnacle. Your average government worker earns twice in salary and benefits than his private sector counterpart who foots the bill.
As the graph above shows, while the government salaries are substantially more than their private sector counterparts, benefits are up to 400% that of the private sector. This is obscene. So now finally the middle class taxpayer has had enough and in Wisconsin they have had enough. They elected a Republican legislature and a Republican governor who propose to put an end to collective bargaining for benefits. Seems reasonable, but you have seen the manufactured chaos that has ensued.
Let’s look at this from another angle. Collective bargaining. In order to bargain, there have to be two parties seeking some mutually beneficial relationship. But for decades, this relationship and the ensuing benefits have all been one sided because the other negotiating party (Democrat controlled government) has been bought and paid for.
But the Democrat Party were only the negotiators. The real party involved here is the people. So, last November, the people exercised the only legitimate collective bargaining for government employees, they held an election. An election that threw the Democrats out, in large part specifically because of the unholy spending alliance they have forged with Unions. We can’t afford it.
So, in effect, the union thugs protesting in Wisconsin are protesting against collective bargaining rights, the collective bargaining rights of the people. The people who have had enough and are no longer willing parties to this abusive relationship. No more.
Unions are not appropriate for government employees because the unholy alliance between union and party is unavoidable.
Elections are the only legitimate form of collective bargaining for Government employees and the people of Wisconsin have exercised that right in a very modest way. The Union response in Wisconsin serves only to bring awareness to other one-sided abusive relationships around the country. So now I suspect that their will be a lot more collective bargaining in the future, the kind of bargaining that says, “We will let you stay employed under these conditions…”
So look for the union label, the people’s union label, it says “GOP.”