posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 08:16 PM
I think history is pretty clear on the impact of unions both good and bad. I won't get into that debate here as it is irrelevant to the issue of
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS and their attempt to further extort the taxpayer.
The SOLE reason for this bill is to prevent municipalities from being able to use the ONLY means to get out of a mathematically impossible to sustain
contract. These public employee unions have better pay, benefits, and retirement than their non-public/non-union and non-public/union counterparts
have. Also, California is a case study of how out of control public unions can fiscally ruin a state. I will concede that California pisses away money
in a myriad of other ways as well, but the public sector unions there are head and shoulder above most other states in leechyness.
The political power of these unions has enabled them to secure contracts that, given the Depression we are in right now, are mathematically impossible
to continue given all the other simultaneous crises, even on a tax base like California. By pushing for this these public employee unions are trying
to force all other tax payers to let them live like they have been while the rest of us are paring back our lifestyle to try to make it in the new
I have no problems with the idea of unions in general. But too often in my life I've seen union (and/or tenured teacher types) people be kept during
lean times based solely on criteria like seniority, time in position with no regards to efficiency, productivity, or technical expertise. How long
your lazy ass has been able to not get fired should have no bearing when it comes time to make hard staffing decisions during times like these.