Monday, June 11, 2012

From Jeff Jacoby's keyboard to God's ears...

I've said for years that Public employees should not be allowed to unionize. Here's an excellent summary as to why, from Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

The end is near for public-sector unions
When unions bargain with management in the private sector, both sides are contending for a share of the private profits that labor helps produce — and both sides are constrained by the pressures of market discipline. Managers can’t ignore the company’s bottom line. Unions know that if they demand too much, they may cost the company its competitive edge.

But when labor and management bargain in the public sector, they are divvying up public funds, not private profits. Government bureaucrats don’t have to worry about losing business to their competitors; state agencies can’t relocate to another part of the country. There is little incentive to hold down wages and benefits, since the taxpayers who will be picking up the tab have no seat at the table. On the other hand, government managers have a powerful motivation to yield to government unions: Union members vote.
Yup. And hopefully what happened in Wisconsin will continue to spread...

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