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Unions Are About Power!

Wisconsin

From the Wall Street Journal

 

Unions about power, not democracy

WSJ: Athens in Mad Town

 

Mr. Walker's very modest proposal would take away the ability of most government employees to collectively bargain for benefits.  They could still bargain for higher wages, but future wage increases would be capped at the federal Consumer Price Index, unless otherwise specified by a voter referendum.  The bill would also require union members to contribute 5.8% of salary toward their pensions and chip in 12.6% of the cost of their health insurance premiums.

 

If those numbers don't sound outrageous, you probably work in the private economy. The comparable nationwide employee health-care contribution is 20% for private industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The average employee contribution from take-home pay for retirement was 7.5% in 2009, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

 

Unions are treating these reforms as Armageddon because they've owned the Wisconsin legislature for years and the changes would reduce their dominance.  Under Governor Walker's proposal, the government also would no longer collect union dues from paychecks and then send that money to the unions. Instead, unions would be responsible for their own collection regimes.  The bill would also require unions to be recertified annually by a majority of all members.  Imagine that: More accountability inside unions.

 

The larger reality is that collective bargaining for government workers is not a God-given or constitutional right.  It is the result of the growing union dominance inside the Democratic Party during the middle of the last century.  John Kennedy only granted it to federal workers in 1962 and Jerry Brown to California workers in 1978.  Other states, including Indiana and Missouri, have taken away collective bargaining rights for public employees in recent years, and some 24 states have either limited it or banned it outright.

 

And for good reason.  Public unions have a monopoly position that gives them undue bargaining power.  Their campaign cash—collected via mandatory dues—also helps to elect the politicians who are then supposed to represent taxpayers in negotiations with those same unions.  The unions sit, in effect, on both sides of the bargaining table.  This is why such famous political friends of the working man as Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia opposed collective bargaining for government workers, even as they championed private unions.

 

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657704576150111817428004.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

 

 

 

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