This author has a very low opinion of unions. It used to be I felt the leadership in unions did a huge disservice to the rank and file membership. But human nature as it is everyone wants a better life, increase income, better benefits including healthcare.
But is it legitimate to keep raising the scale to prosperity on the backs of taxpayers and consumers, most falling in both categories because they are paying through both vessels.
We’ve discussed the UAW and SEIU ad nausea but they are not going away. In fact, they spend more money during election cycles than many political organizations and more money than they spend for their rank and file membership.
AFL-CIO Political Director Karen Ackerman penned a strategy memo last week claiming “Union Voters are the firewall for candidates that support working families.”
I am really pretty sick of hearing about “working families” code for blue collar workers. I came from a blue collar family that toiled in the steel industry for a combined total of over 200 years.
It was my summer experience in those steel mills, cleaning out grease pits, cleaning oiled floors, sweeping, banding galvanized steel coils and a number of other jobs that weren’t glamorous, paid well enough and gave me experience in life. The bottom line is I became a white collar worker who worked as hard or harder developing businesses, chasing clients, creating jobs and wearing all the hats that go with being self-employed. Work like hell or starve, there were no hand outs.
Now short on money, if you can believe that, the Democrats have their surrogate Progressives – code for Marxists – out in force in a last minute attempt to turn a mid-term election around before disaster hits for the Left and redemption hits for the rest of us.
Big Labor is pouring millions of dollars into this fall’s elections. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has spent $1.3 million on ads since September alone, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has spent another $5.2 million. Ms. Ackerman sends a comforting message to the Beltway liberals:
“The AFL-CIO’s grassroots political program has an incredible reach, with union families talking to 17 million of their co-workers; comprised of union members, their families, retirees and members of Working America. Outside the political party committees themselves, we have the largest political mobilization operation in the country.”
Where does that union paycheck come from? If you answered the American taxpayer, YOU, then you’re correct. Beginning in the historic year of 2009 Big Labor and their minions did not work for private sector employers but government run companies.
Even FDR, a great champion of Big Labor, had a message for unions writing in 1937:
“All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service… The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress.”
Turning private sector companies and jobs into public sector companies and jobs removes the competitive nature that makes a free marketplace and capitalism work. It’s the nature of that model which makes business succeed by growth, job creation and economy. Union employees have the right to collective bargaining so they may receive their “fair share” but when the government is the employer competition shrinks, spending increases and the taxpayer foots the bill.
The net effect of the current public sector growth by unions and government is the shrinking of the private sector, while the public sector employee receives 40-percent more in total compensation for the same skilled job. Government doesn’t have to compete they just dole out more money and charge the taxpayer. As costs of production increases those expenses are built into goods and services which raise the costs for consumers, a double whammy.
Now we have those unions, bought a paid for by the American taxpayer at the cost of $40-$50 billion per year taking your tax dollars and using that money to elect politicians who will provide for them by growing the size of government, while shrinking the private sector and your disposable income. Your tax dollars are being used as a lobbying tool from coast to coast, north and south to lobby for bigger government, which means more for them and less for you.
If you’re a public sector employee and see no problem with this marriage of government and unions then you are part of the problem. You are a Progressive and we’ve explained – Progressive =s Marxist.
Before you argue that last point with me then first do your homework as I’ve been challenged on that before and you’ll find it’s a losing proposition to travel down that path. It is what it is and voters are waking up to this fact and the polls don’t lie. America is waking up and they are voting NO to bigger government and union influence. They are voting no to fat paychecks for government employees sucking the money and blood out of the American taxpayer.
Enough has become enough. Indeed!
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