Public Employee Unions have enabled their members to enjoy nearly twice the compensation, in wages, salary and benefits, as their counterparts in the private sector. Since government employees also have civil service protection and cannot be easily fired, even for gross incompetence, they also have a level of job security no one in the private sector has. It is, as they say, good work if you can get it. The Democrat party guarantees the loyalty of public employees by positioning itself as the protector of those special privileges. In return Democrats get millions of dollars annually from public employee unions. Every dollar they get originally comes from taxpayers who do not enjoy any special status. In essence, public employee unions make suckers out of taxpayers.
Democrats are in denial on the sentiments of their patron saint on pubic employee unions, collective bargaining, and the right to strike. Franklin D. Roosevelt expressed those sentiments in a letter to Luther C. Steward, President, National Federation of Federal Employees, dated August 16, 1937. FDR wrote:
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, …[emphasis added in Bold]
Right. The “whole people” are the taxpayers being taken for a ride that is bankrupting government at every level.
FDR also said in the same letter:
Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.
The tactics of public school teachers in Wisconsin go beyond militant to thuggish and violent.
Michael Barone notes that Public Unions Force Taxpayers to Fund Democrats:
Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.
Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats. In effect, public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.
And ends with:
Now hard economic times have left voters wondering why public employees pay practically zero toward their health insurance and pensions when they have to pay plenty themselves. Wisconsin, which led the nation on civil service a century ago and on welfare reform in the 1990s, may be showing the nation the way ahead once again.
Obama charges Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with staging “an assault on unions,” and said that “public employee unions make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.” Obama did not specify exactly what those contributions are, so I will. Those contributions are taxpayer funding of the Democrat party, increasing the cost of government, and eliminating any accountability of public employees.