Why the States are Busting the
And why Public Sector Unions are Evil
Do you remember the original Tea Party? You know, the one where the Colonists dumped boxes of Tea into the Boston
Harbor? Do you remember why they did that?
The main reason was over being taxed without having representatives to bring complaints to the government of England.
Taxation without representation. This is the very reason public sector unions are evil.
In a public sector union negotiation, there are two parties: Union negotiators and politicians. Theoretically, the politicians are in these negotiations to represent our interests as tax payers. Yet unions routinely contribute 92% of their political contributions to the very (Democratic) politicians they negotiate with, helping to keep them in office. Because of this, the politicians have an interest in maintaining good relationships with the unions.
So it is NOT in the best interest of the politician to fight the union, for fear of losing their support in the next election.
Is this the kind of representation taxpayers expect? NO. This creates a situation of Unions negotiating with debtors to the union (politicians) negotiating on how much we will pay in taxes to public employees. Where are the taxpayers in this negotiation? Screwed!
Over decades of this Union/Union friends negotiation, the cost of benefits has skyrocketed. While it is arguable that
public employees make more for the same work than their private sector counterparts, there is no disagreement that public benefits cost around 400% more than those in the private sector. States can no longer afford this. They’re going broke.
The fight in Wisconsin was over the ability to bargain between unions and union’s politicians over increasing the benefits of public employees. The choice there was either to lay off thousands of public employees, or stop this unfair, evil practice and allow actual representatives of the people be involved in the negotiations for the first time in over 60 years.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who reluctantly signed legislation allowing public unions said this about them;
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of
Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …
“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation
is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”
Since FDR thought they were a bad idea – and he was VERY pro-union, who am I to disagree?