In NY, 70 percent of government workers are in unions which helps explain why we are going bankrupt. The national average is 39 percent. Government employees make considerably higher wages and benefits than private sector workers and it is becoming far more obvious now that the economy is tanking.
The gap between public and private is becoming increasingly wider.
Public sector unions don’t have to bargain with the very people who pay their salaries. They bargain with politicians who are then indebted to them for their re-election.
Economist Richard Freeman has written, “public sector unions can be viewed as using their political power to raise demand for public services, as well as using their bargaining power to fight for higher wages.”
The millions spent by public-employee unions on ballot measures in states like California and Oregon, as two examples, almost always support the options that would lead to higher taxes and more government spending.
It is a corrupt cycle and one we cannot afford.
Public sector unions have the same philosophy that we see exacted in President Obama’s policies of tax and spend.
Public sector unions have become so powerful and demanding that they are now a threat to our way of life. They are governed by labor bosses with a distinctly totalitarian point of view. The more power they gain, the more they control government policy and decisions.
The future of these unions or lack of it hinges on the success of courageous politicians who are willing to take them on and walk back the collective bargaining “rights” which are nothing more than unfettered entitlements protected by the radical fleabaggers we saw rampaging through the Wisconsin capitol last year. Many of the fleabaggers were bused in from other states.
The Wisconsin law that limited collective bargaining for local unions has led to a more-than 50 percent drop in membership over the past 15 months, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Wisconsin’s second-largest union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, had membership fall to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to the Milwaukee Journal. The organization’s Afscme Council 24, composed on state workers, fell more than two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.
The main reason membership dropped was because of the labor law promoted by Republican Gov. Scott Walker which prohibits the automatic withdrawal of union dues. Workers must now voluntarily say that they want to continue paying dues to remain union members. Obviously many don’t now that they are free of the union shackles.
Union workers have also dropped out because of high pension and healthcare costs. Hopefully the influence of these unions is waning.