“Traditional, private sector unions were born out of an often bloody adversarial relationship between labor and management. […] Meanwhile, government unions have no such narrative on their side.
Government workers were making good salaries in 1962 when President Kennedy lifted, by executive order (so much for democracy), the federal ban on government unions. Civil service regulations and similar laws had guaranteed good working conditions for generations. The argument for public unionization wasn’t moral, economic or intellectual. It was rankly political. […] Put simply, people in the government business support the party of government.
Private sector unions fight with management over an equitable distribution of profits. Government unions negotiate with politicians over taxpayer money, putting the public interest at odds with union interests and, as we’ve seen in states such as California and Wisconsin, exploding the cost of government. […] It creates a dysfunctional system where for some, growing government becomes its own reward.
The unions and the protesters in Wisconsin see Walker’s reforms as a potential death knell for government unions. My response? If only.”
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