Starting March 9, TSA airport screeners began voting on whether they want a union or not. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, a self-described “independent federal administrative agency” created by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 during the Carter Administration, paved the way by issuing a decision calling for an election to determine whether TSA employees want “exclusive union representation.” Interestingly, when signing the Act, President Carter noted the new law “goes to the heart of what the American people are asking for: a government and civil service that work.” The vote to pick a union ends April 19th.(full story at biggovernment.com)
The idea that unions do not belong in civil service is not new. During the 1950’s, the AFL-CIO Executive Council, in addressing collective bargaining procedures, declared, “government workers have no right beyond the authority to petition Congress—a right available to every citizen.” The 1950’s-era AFL-CIO president George Meany said “[i]t is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”
Even FDR, who gave unions extensive powers to collectively bargain in the private sector, excluded them from government and determined they had no place in public service. Today, however, more government workers are unionized than private-sector employees.
Cutting spending may carry the political torch, but voters must also recognize that federal public employee unions inject tremendous inefficiency into our bloated bureaucracy, and have interests that conflict with that of the People.
Government power cannot be used to politicize the civil service and create leverage over the governed. When it comes to politicians and promises they make, TSA unionization is just the latest example of political back-scratching, evidenced by whose promises are kept, and whose best interest is ignored.
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The U.S. Congress should do what Wisconsin did.(from santamariatimes.com)
Cut the government employees unions from their power to direct employees dues to elect radical government representatives. Stop all requirements that employees belong to a union as a requirement for the job.
Allow government to set pay for all positions without outside interference from unions. If people want to work for the government, they will work for the prevailing wage.
Too many tax dollars are going to fund radical unions by requiring government employees to pay dues for their right to work, so government has no say in whom to hire or fire.
I have worked under three major unions and we were held to 3-percent raises, while teachers and government employees were allowed up to 14-percent raises. This is what has caused a collapse in children learning and our economy.
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Imagine the outrage if government workers did not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. Consider the massive protests that would be staged by labor leaders all across the country.(from washingtonpost.com)
Think I’m talking about Wisconsin? No, I’m talking about the federal government.
Contrary to what the Obama administration would lead you to believe, most employees of the federal government do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. That means the budget reform plan we signed into law in Wisconsin on Friday is more generous than what President Obama offers federal employees.
Our reform plan calls for a 5.8 percent pension contribution from government workers, including myself, and a 12.6 percent health insurance premium payment. Both are well below what middle-class, private-sector workers pay. Federal workers, however, pay an average of 28 percent of health insurance costs.
It’s enough to make you wonder why there are no protesters circling the White House.
A lot of people have made their voices heard during this debate, including the president and the union bosses. But middle-class taxpayers who want a government that works for them also deserve a voice. Now they have one.
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With government taking my money to pay employees who give a portion of my money back to a political party, whom I don’t voluntarily support, to stay in office is wrong for me. It could even be injurious to my personal interests, especially in a case where vandals have set my house on fire but the police and fire department are on strike.(from gastongazette.com)
In a less spectacular scenario where there is no fire or crime, the government simply uses my money to pay for their self interests, and unlike the importance of my choice in the private sector, I have little choice in how my money is used by government representatives who may not really represent me or my views. In fact, my money could be used against me. A portion of it goes through union salaries to union dues to union donations to political campaigns to keep union supported politicians in office.
Thus, keeping favorite politicians in office perpetuates union benefits, and union benefits essentially keep the politicians in office - a vicious circle of government growth and spending. If one needs proof, look at Wisconsin.
On this day: March 18
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Declaration of the Paris Commune (1871)
Mexico nationalizes all foreign-owned oil properties within its borders (1938)
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom (1940)
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency (1968)
b: Neville Chamberlain (1869), Martin Durkin (1894), Werner Mölders (1913); d: King Umberto II of Italy (1983)
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