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Prison guards vote to leave Wisconsin State Employees Union

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Written by Steven Verburg Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 19, 2013 | fdlreporter.com Prison guards voted Thursday to break away from the once-powerful Wisconsin State Employees Union, already wobbly at the knees after a 2011 state law effectively ended public sector … Continue reading

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The Public Employee Union Problem

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The Public Employee Union ProblemCapitol Confidential ^ | 1/16/2013 | Jarrett Skorup  Posted on 1/17/2013 8:28:45 AM by MichCapCon As Michigan transitions into becoming a right-to-work state, arguments on both sides often focus exclusively on union vs. non-union workplaces. But private-sector unionization is much … Continue reading

Public Sector Unions: How Collective Bargaining Undermines Your Freedom and Hurts Your Wallet

Let’s play a game. Pretend that you’re paying someone to manage your finances. You sign a contract, and they take your money. You’re paying them a premium, but that’s okay, because they’re doing a job that you could never do by yourself.

Suddenly they stop working. They refuse to work again until they get more money. Why the extra cash, you ask? To do the same thing they were originally doing, of course! Nothing has changed — they just demand more.

You’re screwed. This company is the only one of its kind. No one else can do the work that they do, because they’re already a monopoly. Not only that, but they’re a monopoly that’s backed up by the force of law. Your only choice is to cave.

Welcome to the public sector union. Their job is simple: they use your tax money to demand even more of your tax money. And when they stop working, so do your vital public services. You have no choice but to give in to their demands — they hold all the cards.

See the problem yet?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt did. So did Woodrow Wilson. In fact, almost everyone on the Left used to oppose public sector unions. Their reasoning was both simple and sound: government unions are profoundly different from their private sector counterparts. It’s a difference not merely of degree, but of kind. The difference is so great that it led Wilson — a great friend and ally of the labor movement — to call a public sector strike in 1919 “an intolerable crime against humanity.”

But the Left gave in. Their principled stance against public sector unions couldn’t withstand the promise of a guaranteed liberal voting bloc. Wisconsin gave up in 1959, and LBJ’s federal government followed suit in the 1960s. Yet the moral case against this “intolerable crime” remains exactly the same.

Consider who public sector unions are bargaining with. In the private sector, unions negotiate with a company’s leadership, executives, and boards. The public sector, however, has a different set of primary shareholders: you and me. When government employees — who only work because the American people hired them — demand more money, it can only come from one place: your wallet.

Oddly enough, we already have a place where these problems can be fixed: the ballot box. Referenda, ballot initiatives, and the laws and regulations passed by state, local, and federal representative bodies — these are the means by which government employees can ask for more money.

These should be the only means. Free government requires it. In a democratic system of government, where the sovereign people elect a government that serves them, the electoral process is the only just solution. If they’re not making a living wage — which they have every right to do — then they just have to ask the American taxpayer to help.

But public sector unions don’t ask. They only demand. You have no choice but to give them what they want. While you’re writing that check, you should remember that they’re not sticking it to the man — they’re sticking it to you.

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Walker Union Busting Unconstitutional – Mass Destruction – Ohio

Walker Union Busting Unconstitutional

By THE REVEREND Published: September 17, 2012

Remember Scott Walker? He’s the governor of Wisconsin and the front man in the Republican Party’s conspiracy to outlaw public sector unions. After purposely dividing Wisconsin’s electorate with his ‘end collective bargaining for public sector workers’ law, Mr. Walker survived a recall election which he took as a vindication of his take-no-prisoners leadership style.

Now it seems that Walker’s ‘end collective bargaining’ law has been found to be….unconstitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void.

In his 27-page ruling, the judge said sections of the law “single out and encumber the rights of those employees who choose union membership and representation solely because of that association and therefore infringe upon the rights of free speech and association guaranteed by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions.”

Colas also said the law violates the equal protection clause by creating separate classes of workers who are treated differently and unequally.

Collective bargaining is protected under the umbrella of the first amendment. Specifically targeting one group of Wisconsinites (public sector union workers)…..and denying or limiting their first amendment guarantee of free speech in the work place, Judge Colas said, “violates the equal protection clause”…it “creates separate classes of workers who are treated differently and unequally.”

If I didn’t know better, I would think that the judge was saying Scott Walker and his band of union-busters were waging illegal class warfare. Of course, that can’t be right….because it’s only President Obama who is dividing Americans.

Naturally, Mr. Walker’s response to the ruling was filled with wisdom and profundities….

Walker issued a statement accusing the judge of being a “liberal activist” who “wants to go backwards and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.”

It is Walker and his Tea Party Tantrum throwers who would take Wisconsin, and the nation, “backwards”……to 19th century America, when collective bargaining and union organization was non-existent and America had no middle class. Tea Partiers have repeatedly explained to us that their goal is to “take their country back.” In Wisconsin, those words have been made flesh, as it were, for all to witness. Taking their country back means the elimination of organized labor…starting first with public sector workers unions.

It is much more than a coincidence that as union membership in the U.S. has dwindled from 35% of the workforce in 1954 to 12% of the total workforce today…..that wages for workers have declined or remained stagnant over the same period.

This slow elimination of good-paying union jobs, union jobs which helped create and sustain a robust middle class for decades….has exacerbated our current nagging jobs recession. How so? Union jobs pay higher wages than non-union jobs. Therefore, the more union jobs America has, the more consumer demand America has. And a lack of consumer demand is what is dragging on the national economy.

I’m a realist. I understand that the oligarchs who rule us will never allow collective bargaining to be resurgent ever again in America. Right-to-work-for-less is the battle cry of too many folks on the conservative side and even the GOP presidential candidate stated he would like to see some national form of right-to-work-for-less. The timid “card-check” legislation never saw the light of political day….and there aren’t enough progressives in Congress to change the dynamic.

But at least for now we can take heart that Wisconsin Judge Colas slapped down the anti-labor ambitions of the reprehensible Scott Walker as unconstitutional. Of all the Tea Party governors….Walker is the most deserving of a good slap down.

So here’s to you, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas……at least for now, your ruling renews our faith in the ongoing American experiment.

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