Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Problem With Unions

Look at what is happening in Wisconsin between union workers and a state trying to do what is best for its residents. As I have often said in my past posts – unions lead to higher costs, decreased flexibility, decreased productivity, and an overall mediocre work ethic.
If teachers were non-union, the school system could easily fire them for not showing up at work. Instead they have shut down public schools for days so they can protest and try to maintain their unions. There will be no disciplinary action, there will be no slap on the wrist. Eventually all these teachers and union workers will just return to work like nothing ever happened. Only the children and the people they are paid to serve will have suffered.
Sorry, but the reality of the world today is that cuts need to be made somewhere. We have been dumping billions of dollars into education with little to show for it. The only results we ever seem to get are teachers and unions asking for more money. The Governor of Wisconsin and Republican legislators are trying to do what is best for their state. By removing union from the place of power in the public sector they are more readily able to make changes to salaries and benefits, as well as tailor the workforce to what is needed – and what can be paid for.
These protests of anti-union legislation are similar to protests we have seen all over Europe. The protestors are whining and crying because they do not want to have to make any sacrifices in their lavish overly-paid salary and benefits packages. Instead they would rather see the sate (or country in the case of the E.U) go further into debt. It is amazing how so many people believe that “someone else should pay for it.”
Its too late, there is no “someone else” left in our country. The bills are coming due and we are all going to have to throw-in and get them paid. The public sector is simply going to have to face the facts that cuts will be made. If they are not we will have states going into bankruptcy just like Nassau County, NY and wondering why when police officers are only paid around $200,000 a year in salary and benefits. What could be the problem with that?

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