The arrogance of public sector unions – on full display across the country this week – is so 20th century!
At a time when every penny of tax payer money matters – just to meet the basic business of government:
- public safety
- social safety net
- infrastructure maintenance
- education –
the public sector unions have decided to “double down” on keeping their outsized wage, benefit and retirement prerogatives.
While the 2011 melee in the Wisconsin State House, remains in a class by itself — the spirit behind it is not isolated.
AFSCME and the SEIU plus Federation of Teachers and police unions appear completely “tone deaf” to the angst of most voters.
- During the last decade the average middle class voter has had their career derailed and retirement dreams swept away or postponed.
- Many are one more property tax increase away from losing their homes.
Voters across the country demonstrated this week that they do understand the facts – regardless of the media spin –
- Public employees are not paid less than their private sector counter parts –
- New Jersey teachers, among the best paid, in the country paid $0 – not one penny – for health care coverage for themselves and their dependents until Governor Christy forced them to contribute 2% of salary to this benefit –
- Wisconsin employees were not stripped of all collective bargaining rights but, rather, bargaining for benefits and pension.
- Consolidation of all teachers into one benefit plan reduced costs and avoided layoffs
- When public employee retirement funds are underfunded because of poor investment planning, the tax payer is on the hook for 100% of the shortfall –
- Union bosses, routinely, preserve their own benefits by negotiating away the jobs of their younger, often better trained, members
- fire fighters
- and others
- So much for brotherhood and fraternity –
- Reform plans that only apply to new hires will not begin to solve the problem until 2043.
- Can your city’s pot holes wait that long for repair?
- Or your children’s education?
AFSCME and others would better serve their members by following the example of the United Auto Workers (UAW).
The UAW, Ford and GM, learned that a 21st century model of concession and collaboration saved more jobs, more benefits and more retirements than did costly confrontation –