With Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature (with Wisconsin Senate Democrats running away to avoid the vote) looking end collective bargaining for most public employees. This measure has been labeled “anti-union” by mainstream media and those on the left (forgive the redundancy).
Not true, let’s not lump all unions in with a measure that protects taxpayers from public union overreach. This isn’t about a company negotiating with a union over pay based on how it may impact their profit margin. This is about a state government that has no profit margin, funded by money that is not their own, being held hostage by employees who don’t want to realize that there is not enough money to fund their benefits and pensions… unless you want to hose taxpayers.
There should not be public unions – period, and I’m not alone in that sentiment. Ben Smith points to a poll that shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, 64%, don’t believe government workers should be represented by unions – including 42% of Democrats.
This is because your average American realizes that there is a disconnect between the average private sector worker and those who live off of the government. Public employee unions in Wisconsin are unwilling to make any concessions unlike what you have seen in the public sector, and it is just really hard to sympathize with that.