reply to post by mysterioustranger
I to belong to a public service union, but unlike you I am firmly behind Wisconsin's govnm't.
Other than taking a good chunk of my pay every month they keep asking for more and more funds from the public coffers. Guess what Every dollar they
pay us come from our pockets. Where do you think they are going to go to recover the states missing funds to pay our over indulgent collective
agreements? From your pocket right?
As a tax payer I have seen the rampant abuse of the unions power. They have a sense of entitlement that goes beyond what private unions are capable
of getting, after all their members won't be laid off because the state would close down.
As a member of a Public Service Union all I have seen for the last few years is a union that is bankrolled by these same increases they argue for.
They are really the only ones who benefit from these pay hikes because our union dues increase at roughly the same level. Based on my last collective
agreement and my pay stub times the 170,000 or so employees. We now pay the union about 0.9% of our salaries per year. The union now increases it's
union fees proportionately and gets 2% yr (from roughly $50 to $51.00/month. At about $10 per member /year that's $1,700,000.00 profit to the union
for one year more than the $102,000,000.00 they already get from the membership. (average$50/month X 12 months X 170,000 members) + ($1/month
X12months X 170,000members) = $103,700,000 per year.
Who really benefits. Not the tax-payer, not the union member because it will mostly be taken back in increased income tax.
That's right..... The Union profits and the union boss' get richer and stronger.
I shall calm down now....
At one time the unions were there to serve the worker and they did a very good job of protecting them.
Some unions are still effective in that mission, unfortunately most fall into the category described above. They are there to serve the union. Just
think, when was the last time a union fought to protect it's members I mean from unjust employers. Government and other public institution unions ie
teachers unions, etc.. are unlike mining, industrial, construction, or lumber unions who still protect employees from the companies (sometimes). They
leadership (union boss') are out for the all mighty golden pension plan.
edit on 25-2-2011 by palg1 because: (no reason given)