Here is my take on all of this:
1) In a time of budget shortfalls, cuts have to be made, and yes, there is going to be misery.
2) Having said that, unions did have their place at one time. Don't forget that it was unions that got child labor banned. Under unions, living on company property where you paid exorbitant rates for rent, and having a company store that charged twice as much, became extinct. Safety in the workplace? That's unions too. The right to negotiate without being shot down by Pinkertons? Again, unions. The unions did a lot of good things to improve the standard of living for workers.
3) However, once unions got power, their priorities got all screwed up. I can testify to this first hand. While still living in Michigan, I worked at Lear-Siegler, troubleshooting and repairing AYN-1 and DC-130 navigational computers. I was also in the UAW. I had no choice. I was required to join. BTW, the UAW isn't just automobiles. It stands for United Auto, Aerospace, and Agricultural implement Workers. That's a mouthful. LOL. Anyways, one day, I am sitting on my ass because a piece of test equipment that I needed was not at my station. Guess what I did? I went to another station, which was being unused at the time, got what I needed, and proceeded to do my job. I was fined $50.00 for that. Why? Because I was supposed to call a test equipment calibrator to take out the screws holding the piece of test equipment at the other station, then call a lugger, who would bring it to my station. Still, I could not use it until I had called a test equipment calibrator to screw in into my rack. This process can take more than a day. In the meantime, I would just be sitting on my ass. This isn't right, folks.
So, while unions had their day, and I believe that in many situations they still do, they are so screwed up with the bureaucracy and power monkeys that are on their backs. Until they do something about this, then it is no wonder that many Americans dislike them. Still, unions are an important aspect of leveraging workers' abilities in order to gain them a decent living. As Adam Smith once said, resources are there to exploit. This also applies to workers, who can use this same principle to exploit the sweat of their brows. They just need to do it better than they are doing it now. There is only one entity in the world that has become more cumbersome and resource-wasting than unions, and that is
... the Government
In the memory of "The Music Man", sing it with me......
With a capital G that rhymes with B that stands for Bloodsuckers.
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Is this what unions were originally intended for?
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Great: One of the Most Violent Union Thugs Now Appearing With Thug Teachers in Wisconsin - Publius Forum
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police have hand-cuffed a protester at the state Capitol after he apparently tried to charge into the state Assembly.
Police Hand-Cuff Protester in Madison
What else do these people need to do to be labeled thugs....kill someone..oh wait.
Ecclesiastes 10:2: "A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but a foolish man's heart directs him toward the left."
Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem.-Ronald Reagan
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The BS has to stop.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
My next question builds on the situation at hand: Do you (or anyone) have a problem with the way that it's being approached? Public safety unions, which you oppose, are left out of a VERY controversial bill. This same group as a union supported Walkers election. This screams favoritism to me and proves beyond a doubt that the governor does not truly believe his own rhetoric. If he really thought that collective bargaining were the nail in our fiscal coffin, he would have NO choice but to include these unions.
So, please, tell me if you are ok with the way that the governor is approaching the bill. Do you believe that it is NOT an attack on the unions, but instead an actual way to balance the budget?