Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, March 11, 2011

Union Rage

Before anyone accuses me of being a corporate shill who doesn’t give two craps about the working man: I believe that unions have every right to exist and negotiate with their employers for fairer wages, benefits, and working conditions. They also have the right to “peacefully assemble” and voice their grievances (though I doubt moonbats would extend the same courtesy to the Tea Party). I just find their protests, or rather their reason for protesting, to be ridiculous.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, union members have been flooding the Wisconsin state capitol to protest Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, which was proposed to correct the state’s $137 million shortfall (a shortfall that moonbats Rachel Maddow and Michael Moore deny exists). Protestors have described the bill as “union-busting”, “class warfare”, and an “attack on the middle class”.

So what’s about the bill has unions so riled up? Three things:

1) It requires public sector union members to contribute a small percent of their salary to their pensions and healthcare premiums, which only seems fair considering they already contribute jack squat to their pensions and only half to their premiums. If you want something, you should have to pay for it.

2) It would prevent collective bargaining for wages higher than the rate of inflation. Granted, I’m not an expert in economics (so correct me if I’m wrong), but it seems rather foolish to demand wages higher than the prices customers (or in this case, taxpayers) pay for your service, unless you plan to raise prices (or in this case, taxes).

3) It would eliminate automatic due checkoff, which automatically deducts dues from a unions member’s paycheck. From what I hear, this somehow limits a union’s political power. Then again, considering that teacher unions (which are at the forefront of these protests) lobby against offering students life-saving medicine, converting failing public schools into more efficient charter schools, and instituting educational reform in general, this might be a good thing.

So forgive me if I don’t understand why rationally-thinking people would vehemently oppose these measures, considering that the alternative—1,500 public employee layoffs (10,000 to 12,000 layoffs over the next two years)—is far worse. Then again, that’s assuming moonbats are rationally-thinking people.