New Governor of Wisconsin Leads Way in Nationwide Fight Against Labor Unions To Reign In DeficitsPosted by Al @ 1:05 am
Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor-elect, is leading his state in the fight to confront and effectively reduce the costs that state employee unions cost the taxpayer. As reported by The New York Times, many states are going on the offensive to reduce the power of, if not eliminate, taxpayer supported state employee unions.
This was one of the mandates thrust upon the new state governments as the electorate voted in favor of fiscal conservatism rather than reckless progressive spending. As states approach insolvency, there will be desperate measures to cut spending and state employee unions’ salaries and their underfunded pensions are a target. They are an enormous drag on states’ finances and, in fact, Wisconsin Governor-elect, Scott Walker, would prefer to eliminate state employee unions all together. Here is a good article from the Milwaukee.Wisconsin Journal Sentinel regarding Scott’s feelings about and efforts to curb the power of Wisconsin’s state employee unions. If you don’t think these unions feel entitled to their priveledged union positions, read through some of the 800+ comments on the article. They will be the cause for major strife and unrest in America as more state governments seek to reduce labor unions’ power over the taxpayer by sending the budget axe their way.
To finish on an even better note, the labor union leaders’ quotes from this New York Times article are classic:
“I see this as payback for the role we played in the 2010 elections,” said Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the main union of state employees. Mr. McEntee said in October that his union was spending more than $90 million on the campaign, largely to help Democrats.
Naomi Walker, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s director of state government relations, said many voters would oppose the antiunion efforts. “I think folks in these states are going to ask whether this is the right time to weaken unions when corporations are amassing more power than ever,” she said. “We’ve been fighting against privatizing Social Security and sending jobs offshore and to get the best deal for the unemployed. It would be a lot easier for Republicans if unions weren’t there to throw up these roadblocks.”
“They’re throwing the kitchen sink at us,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “We’re seeing people use the budget crisis to make every attempt to roll back workers’ voices and any ability of workers to join collectively in any way whatsoever.”
It’s time to feel the pain that your corrupt employee unions helped create.