1/24/11

Left Screams Class Warfare

Union thugs can dish it out but can't take it
Republican state lawmakers soon might introduce legislation that would ban local governments from negotiating collective bargaining agreements, a move that would effectively neutralize the unions that represent South Dakota's teachers and other public-sector employees.

If such legislation would pass, union officials no longer would be able to negotiate contracts on behalf of their members. Republicans say they are considering the measure because unions in other parts of the country have driven up pension costs and created unsustainable salaries. GOP leaders say they don't want that to happen in South Dakota.

"I just think from a taxpayer perspective, it's a beneficial thing to at least put on the table for discussion," Sen. Tim Rave, R-Baltic, said. He is among a group of Senate Republicans who are considering sponsoring the legislation.

The proposal would face fierce resistance, not only from public-sector unions, but from unions operating in the private sector.

"We would be extremely disappointed in a law like that because it would relegate our public employees to second-class citizens," said Paul Aylward, the executive director of Council 59 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
(from argusleader.com)

class struggle
(in Marxist ideology) the conflict of interests between the workers and the ruling class in a capitalist society, regarded as inevitably violent.

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