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The lady asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it."


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Public Employee Unions

Unions are often painted with the same brush of corruption and it's not always fair. Most union members join because they are either required to join as a condition of employment or because they sincerely believe that it's in their best interest.

Public employee unions began to spring up in the 1960's. We saw the police go on strike in cities across America periodically over the past fifty years, generally with cause. Those unions did a lot to improve working conditions and pay for public employees.

However, times change, and today the public employee's/teacher's unions have a lot to do with the problem of governments unable to contain costs.

Here's how it works in the real world:

(1) Employee contributions to public employee unions are used by the unions to fund the political campaigns of people who vote their salary increases. No, it's not a bribe. Not exactly. It's legal.

(2) To gain even more leverage, most public employees who are represented by unions are encouraged to contribute to Political Action Committees outside their union dues. That money goes DIRECTLY to pressure (usually weak, greedy) politicians to vote for ever higher wages and benefits. The politician isn't paying anything out of his/her pocket - the public is encumbered. 

The Solution:

Enact a law PROHIBITING public employee unions and interest groups associated with unions from contributing to public official's election campaigns. Make it a felony for any person or organization to do so and require that the State establish an enforcement bureau within its Labor Department to investigate and prosecute violations of the statute.

That would do MORE to curb spending in regard compensation than any other measure. At present there is an unholy arrangement between public employee unions and the politicians they "pay to play".


William Blackstone said...

Being a member of a public employee union in order to maintain my employment(they wont tell you who to resign your membership to or when you can. I cant get the fair share paperwork in order to resign!)I must say many of the members I work with cant stand the fact that the unions goal is to replace everyone in public service with low wage hispanics that need interpreters and will work for low wages and little benefits so the Union leaders get more power money and more money. The newest push is for Civil service exams in Spanish. Too much maney in the pig to stop the corruption. I didnt right this if anyone asks.

William Blackstone said...

Your solution is right on but in order to do this you would have to repeal the community re-investment act. These are the umbrella organizations like Acorn, THe Apollo alliance and..... They never end funneling taxpayer money to progressive politicians all over the country.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

And those public employee unions truly believe the taxpayers owe them large raises and bigger benefits. They're public servants, for Pete's sake. They're supposed to serve the citizens, not the other way around.

WoFat said...


LL said...

For the record, I am not anti-union.

It's just that in the case of public employee unions, they "bribe" weak politicians who then vote whatever the unions want. It's a recipe for disaster.

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