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When Walker says he wants to limit collective bargaining to wages and benefits, what he is really saying is that he needs to be free to roll back teacher tenure, reward good teachers with merit pay, give parents choice about where to send their children, and assure that — even if there are layoffs — that they are based on merit not seniority. The union contracts all over America block these key changes. But we have to put our children first and improve the quality of our schools.

I agree with what Walker is doing. I think Unions have been overstepping it’s power for too long now. Unions are necessary for sure, because people need to be protected from abuse, but they have become way too powerful the last twenty years and need to be knocked down a few notices to be in alignment with good sense.

The problem is that people are turning this into a “Union Busting Policy” but I personally don’t agree that this is what Walker is doing. I think he is just trying to handle a state crisis situation that unions don’t seem to have sensitivity toward. I feel what unions see is government trying to do away with union, but whatr states see is a way to have more control of their budgets by gaining more control over the unions demands.

Unfortunately, people are going to be hurt any way we look at this situation. If unions push a state into bankruptcy, the people will all be affected.  If state government is not allowed to control their own budget then what other options do they have left for them? On the other hand, the unions have rights that they expect to be honored. They believe money has already been paid to the state and that states are reneging on their commitments.

So where do these two sides meet if neither side can compromise? Since the 14 Democrats have fled the state and made themselves unavailable for a vote, the government cannot move forward to solving this problem. Neither can the government do anything about other policies that need those 14 Democrats attention. I think they need to be fired for not showing up for work, just like you would be if you didn’t show up for work. They have a contract with the American People to be at work and to take care of their business. It ticks me off royal to see them get away with this tactic; meaning they throw a temper tantrum if they can’t have their way.

I would like to know what you think about this situation. Hard as it is, people are being hurt one way or another, how do you see this quandary being resolved?

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7 Comments so far:

  1. lrb from Sodahead said: Unions are anti-consumer and anti-owner and anti-hardworker. There really is no need for unions today in this country whatsoever. Public employee unions are the worst of the worst. If anything, Scott Walker isn’t going far enough, fast enough.

  2. Gadfly2009 from Sodahead said: Healthy policy is an understatement. Public sector unions inherently corrupt the employment and collective bargaining process through the vast sums of union dues money they dump into the political process. In the private sector, unions don’t hire management and the board of directors. In the public sector, they effectively do. In the private sector, a union won’t push an employer past the point of economic viability; to do so means the employer going out of business and everybody losing their job. In the public sector, there is no such consideration, and the unions will bleed the taxpayers white, as in many states they already have.

    Walker’s policies are intended to restore stability to an out-of-control system before the system inevitably collapses. And the system WILL collapse if restraint and balance aren’t restored. It isn’t a matter of if but when.

  3. Striker from Sodahead said: Stay tough, Gov Walker, and get even tougher!

  4. zsazsa from Sodahead said she thinks Walker is doing the right thing, and then added “I hope he keeps standing his ground it is about time someone stood up and started saying enough is enough.”

  5. Wolf from Sodahead said: Agree with Walker, But he is not doing enough to bring the massively bloated public sector under control…it will take a 40% reduction in headcount and expenses to normalize this $6.7 Trillion public sector operation at the federal, state and local levels…cutting $2 Trillion now…and their fraudulent pension system making everyone a multi-millionaire at retirement needs to change now also saving the $1.5 Trillion in under funding…no one gets a $80K to $150K or more pension guaranteed with no contributions or risks and free medical off the taxpayers…the collusion between the politicians and unions needs to end so moving forward all compensation and budget bills need approval via a public referendum…this fraud is too big to ever trust the government again…

  6. Victoria from Sodahead said: It’s beyond ridiculous. First, Walker came into office with a surplus- which he promptly gave away to his corporate buddies.

    It’s a transparent attack on unions, to destroy them- so that Democrats cannot get campaign contributions from the union workers who support them.

    If a union member doesn’t want their dues to go to support a Dem candidate- they have that option.

    Public workers pay for their own pensions, not the state- it’s part of their negotiated salary.

    But one good thing- it’s awakened the Democrats all over America, the real blue collar bread and butter workers who are rising up against the corporate takeover of ur government.

  7. Winnel from Sodahead said: Public-sector unionism is a very different animal from private-sector unionism. It is not adversarial but collusive. Public-sector unions strive to elect their management, which in turn can extract money from taxpayers to increase wages and benefits — and can promise pensions that future taxpayers will have to fund. In turn the elected management then receives donations from those they have been elected by and the cycle continues. States such as New York, New Jersey and California, where public-sector unions are strong, now face enormous budget deficits and pension liabilities. In such states, the public sector has become a parasite sucking the life out of the private-sector economy. Not surprisingly, Americans have been steadily migrating out of such states and into states like Texas, where public-sector unions are weak and taxes are much lower. The problem that will manifest itself more and more is the simple fact that states are broke and do not have the money to fund the retirements of so many people. It also begs the question, are taxpayers also responsible for the retirement of public workers? Obama and his party are acting in collusion with unions that contributed something like $400,000,000 to Democrats in the 2008 campaign cycle. Public-sector unionism tends to be a self-perpetuating machine that extracts money from taxpayers and then puts it on a conveyor belt to the Democratic party. . . .pretty sweet gig . . .elect your boss, he greases your palm and wallet and they get re-elected . . .

    Washington Examiner, Michael Barone . . .

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