Public vs Private Sector Unions




 
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Boots
 
December 24th, 2010  
NukesDaughter
 

Topic: Public vs Private Sector Unions


A Brief, Illustrated History of the Public Sector Unions That Are Bleeding America Dry With the Full Support of the Democrat Party
Throughout American history -- and as recently as the 1950s -- there were no unions for government workers. Public-sector employees were expected to earn a bit less than their private-sector equivalents. The reasons they did so included an interest in public service, job security and reasonable benefits.

But that changed in the late fifties with New York City Mayor Robert Wagner's cynical appeal to the votes of city workers. He signed an executive order authorizing them to unionize, and soon other local and state Democrat legislators around the country followed his lead.

These efforts culminated in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy granted federal employees the right to collectively bargain. Since then, public sector union membership has skyrocketed while, in the private sector, unions have fallen out of favor.

In 2009, private sector union members were outnumbered for the first time by their public sector counterparts.

The historical basis of unions revolved around workers receiving a reasonable share of a company's profits. But that tenet is nonsensical when applied to public service. Governments don't make profits; they simply assess taxes.

The aims of public sector unions conflict directly with the interests of taxpayers.

And because it has been exceedingly hard to fight public sector unions, the salaries and benefits of public employees have skyrocketed in recent years. Since the election of Barack Obama, the number of federal employees making over $150,000 a year has more than doubled to over 10,000.

In 2009 government salaries jumped 2.4%, approximately twice the increase earned by private sector employees. In fact, the average salary of a federal worker is now $71,000, about $22,000 more than the average private sector employee.

Worst of all, public sector unions have negotiated pension plans that are proving financially untenable. Many allow workers to retire at age 55 at around their full salary in their final years of employment. These pensions often include inflation adjustments as well as lifetime free health care.

These plans are so outrageous that state retirement systems, for example, are currently underfunded by about a trillion dollars.

So how have public sector unions achieved these amazing results? The answer is hundreds of millions of dollars, the approximate amount that unions have contributed to federal campaigns since 1990. Almost every dollar went to Democrats or Democrat causes. In the 2008 election alone, some estimates put public sector union contributions to Democrats at $60 million.

These unions are also astroturfing for Democrats, providing slush funds to help liberal causes. An example is ThePartyIsOver.org, a faux populist website designed to discredit TEA Party activists.

The Democrats' health care bill, the 'Employee Free Choice Act' and the $800+ billion stimulus bill all contained payoffs to public sector unions. In fact, while the private sector has shed 7,000,000 jobs since the recession began, the number of public sector jobs has risen every month.

Public sector unions are killing our economic system and the American taxpayer. The debt unleashed by their outrageous benefits plans simply cannot be paid. The union bosses have lied to their members about lifetime benefits and they have betrayed the American people. Public sector unions must be disbanded and outlawed before our country resembles Greece, Spain and other European countries that are teetering on the brink of destruction, thanks to unions just like ours.


Based upon: Amy H. Laff, StateBrief. Linked by: Boortz.com and The Washington Examiner. Thanks!
December 24th, 2010  
George
 
Pretty much on target, though there are govt adiminstrators who're just as nasty to thier employees as private sector.
December 24th, 2010  
Rob Henderson
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by NukesDaughter

The Democrats' health care bill, the 'Employee Free Choice Act' and the $800+ billion stimulus bill all contained payoffs to public sector unions. In fact, while the private sector has shed 7,000,000 jobs since the recession began, the number of public sector jobs has risen every month.




Based upon: Amy H. Laff, StateBrief. Linked by: Boortz.com and The Washington Examiner. Thanks!
Just like the government SHOULD do in times of recession. If the private sector can't provide jobs, the government should step in and offer some sort of stable income to its people. By the way, the private sector has absolutely NO EXCUSE for getting rid of all those workers.
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December 24th, 2010  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Henderson
By the way, the private sector has absolutely NO EXCUSE for getting rid of all those workers.
In many cases it's the diffrence between staying afloat & going under.
December 25th, 2010  
Rob Henderson
 
 
"In many cases..."


Not nearly as many as you'd think.
December 25th, 2010  
George
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Henderson
Just like the government SHOULD do in times of recession. If the private sector can't provide jobs, the government should step in and offer some sort of stable income to its people. By the way, the private sector has absolutely NO EXCUSE for getting rid of all those workers.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob Henderson
"In many cases..."


Not nearly as many as you'd think.
There is a belief that the govt paying people to rake leaves back n forth across a lot, ect., prolonged the Great Depression. Employees are an expense that sometimes needs to be cut. When your cash flow suddenly drops 25, 50 or more you have to do something. Between the recession & the oil spill some places cash flow dropped 80%! Whem the credit crunch hit some big & long existing businesses were gone w/o any chance to cut costs. It just varies.
December 26th, 2010  
Rob Henderson
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by George
There is a belief that the govt paying people to rake leaves back n forth across a lot, ect., prolonged the Great Depression. Employees are an expense that sometimes needs to be cut. When your cash flow suddenly drops 25, 50 or more you have to do something. Between the recession & the oil spill some places cash flow dropped 80%! Whem the credit crunch hit some big & long existing businesses were gone w/o any chance to cut costs. It just varies.
So what do we cut? Employee salaries or government provided benefits to the unemployed?

You can't have your cake and eat it, too.
December 26th, 2010  
George
 
getting off subject, so back to it. Basicly the Q is..should govt empoyees be unionized. The Unions blackmail the politicians by telling them to give them big money & perks or the Union will support another candidate. Where the #1 priority of politicians isn't the taxpayer, but keeping thier jobs, they tenc to knucked under. So now we have public empoyees making 20% more than private sector employees. Seems even FDR opposed public Unions.
 


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