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The next focus of demonstrators protesting collective bargaining reforms should be Columbus, Ohio where thousands, if not tens-of-thousands, of protestors are expected to gather Tuesday and shout their views about a controversial bill that puts labor unions in the crosshairs of a determined governor intent on salvaging his state's financial situation.
The protests should look and sound much like the ones from Madison, Wisconsin that have gripped the nation in the recent days and marries an uncomfortable economic reality with political opportunity.
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Originally posted by muzzleflash
I can understand Union's demanding better wages etc in Corporate Business.
But in the Government? Holy Cow!
They are essentially protesting for the "right" to "borrow more from the bank". Just so they can have nice comfy wages (way way higher than mine btw) on my taxpayer dime.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
It sounds to me like these folks want more spending. Rather than less.
I would have to call these people's thinking the problem, and not the solution.
If I am wrong, and these people are against govt wastefulness please oh please correct my fallacy.
No one has a "Right" to my tax $ honestly. Except maybe Me....
But according to a new study published by the Center for State & Local Government Excellence and the National Institute on Retirement Security, these aggregate compensation comparisons are misleading. The authors, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee economics professors Keith A. Bender and John S. Heywood, assert that state and local government workers are better educated and have more work experience, on average, than do private sector workers, so it is natural that their overall average compensation would be higher. "Thus," they conclude, "the fact that public sector workers receive greater average compensation than private sector workers should be no more surprising than the fact that those with more skills and education earn more."
Furthermore, after attempting to control for such variables, they find that state and local government workers actually earn less than their private sector counterparts. According to the analysis, state government workers earn an average of 11.4 percent less than private-sector workers of similar education and work experience and local government workers earn 12.0 percent less. Due to the greater benefits received by public sector workers, the gap narrows when these benefits are factored in, to 6.8 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively. (Even this appears to underestimate the cost of the benefits provided government workers, as discussed below.)
Originally posted by Skerrako
Wow after skimming the article and reading a few post I can say I am shocked at the stance of the OP and some posters. Do you really think unions (Whose purpose is to make sure its members are not taken advantage of by the employer) should dissapear? Why don't we just devolve right back to serfdom? Eliminating unions would have absolutely abyssmal effects on rights of the common worker. The elimination of unions would be like re-segregating races, a complete backwards step in the evolution of equality. This video can help put it in prespective a bit (even though it is NBC :barf