Collective Bargaining, at least in the public sector is a fundamental human right
Collective Bargaining in the public sector is a privilege.
Other, the issue is more complex than that (Explain)
Last edited by StillBallin75; 02-22-11 at 12:07 PM.
No, you can't do that. With a personal investment, you don't have to rely on the majority of investors. If you don't like how things are run, you can sell your shares and go elsewhere. That's not the case with the government. You can't simply refuse to give them your money, they're going to take it regardless. You can't just fire the management either, you have to go with the majority. If they're too clueless to fire incompetent management, you're stuck and you're still forced to pay no matter how much you hate what's going on. The idea that you can move elsewhere is likewise ridiculous, no matter where you go, some government is going to tax you. There is no relief.If you don't like how your tax money is spent, you can hire new managers/politicians. If that is not enough, you can move to another state or country. Everytime you pay tax, you understand the risk that your money will be squandered by politicians. Conservatives especially seem to complain of this non-stop. If you don't want to pay tax, you can again vote with your feet.
I believe collective bargaining is an aspect of the right to assemble in the first amendment.
Also, there is little correlation between public sector unionization and state budget deficit, so the politician giving away the store argument does not sway me much.
Those who say that Wisconsin is trying to cure its budget deficit on the backs of unions are misguided. That's nothing more than a talking point. Everything needs scrutiny. Everyone is going to have to sacrifice. No more golden compensation programs for the public sector is a much-needed beginning.
Thank you, Quazi!