Public Unions – Cost Effective?


Over the last year Scott Walker, Governor Wisconsin has been fighting the public union employees against a recall over a law that Walker pushed through the legislature a law requiring public sector union members to pay part of the cost of health insurance and pensions, limited pay rises, made paying union dues voluntary and forced unions to be recertified every year.
The Unions were costing the government excessively for several reasons. One of the most egregious costs was associated with the union’s health insurance. The union had negotiated to have one health insurance company that increased its cost each year to the point where the health insurance expense was not competitive. It was later proven that the union had invested its pension fund in the health insurance company and wanted to pad their own pockets.
Meanwhile since 911 police and fire departments have campaigned as heroes that sacrifice their lives for the good of the public and thus deserve high pay and great retirement pensions with full benefits. These unions wield power in their local cities and are effectively bankrupting those local governments.
One example is a policeman in Omaha, Nebraska has been serving the city of Omaha for 20 years and will be able to retire at $90,000 a year plus full benefits. There is a clause in the contract with the city that allows both police and fire department retirees to work overtime in the last year enabling that pay to apply to their pension and giving the retiree a pension check that was equal to his annual pay the last year of service. But with the overtime pay allowing that retiree to boost his pay above and beyond his annual pay and creating a windfall for the retiree. I can also point to a recent Omaha fire department Captain retiring at full pay by working overtime his last year and allowing him to have a pension equal to his annual salary his last year before he worked the overtime. The city of Omaha is approaching bankruptcy to pay these pensions over the lifetime of retired civil servants.
Public employees such as fire, police and teachers were always allowed to protect their positions because they were not paid as much and the benefits were excessive to keep valuable employees from leaving for the private sector and getting paid market wages. The public servants are no longer paid lower than the private sector and still have better benefits that the private sector.
imageGovernor Walker appears to have a solid lead over his Democratic challenger and will survive the recall. The people have discovered what the public unions are costing and want to lower their tax burden.
Recently Californians are retrenching and looking at their budgets woes. Second time Governor Brown is putting a referendum before the people forcing them to decide the path out of their budget crisis. Yet the unions in California are actively proposing a move to communism to protect their way of life with the government supporting them with increased pay and benefits.
Those same unions support immigration reform to help them boost their political party’s strength against the Tea Party and Republicans desire to reduce both illegal immigration and keep a balance in the government.
It is understood that President Obama wants to do whatever he can to grant illegal Mexicans citizenship hoping to give his party and him additional leverage and political clout to further his desire to move United States of America to socialism and then communism. It is believed by the Democrats that the Mexicans will want to vote Democratic and would boost the Democrats in Congress and the White House.
imageAfter seeing the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate allowing them to push Obamacare down the throats of Americans will we be able to claim our beloved country as one of the leading capitalist countries in the free world. But that brings the question: Is the USA a capitalist country? The country that I grew up in has changed drastically the last half of the 20th Century. Public Education has degraded to the point that we are no longer the leading country in education. Our children are being taught to the normal child and all children are taught that they are able to do anything and be anything they want to be without working to achieve that goal. My oldest daughter told me that she wanted to be a doctor when she was four years old. In kindergarten she was working very hard to make sure she got good grades and understood the classwork so she could get into medical school. As she grew it was decided that she attend a private Catholic girls only school. She received a good education. She also had a very structured school environment that emphasized school work and academics. My son was allowed to attend public school where he learned that he could skate by and not cause trouble and graduate from high school doing only what he had to do to graduate. There was no incentive to excel at academics for him. One day I followed along at his high school. One of his teachers was impressed with him because he was able to figure out the answer to a problem that the class thought was a trick question. It was a simple algebraic equation that required the student to multiply by zero to get the answer. He and one other student knew the answer was zero as you cannot multiply by zero and get a numeric answer. This teacher had been in the public school system for 30 years. He was further surprised when I told him that I looked at the equation and told him that it took me only one look and I knew the answer as well. Apparently I learned more math than the math teacher did in high school and college. The teacher only knew the answer after looking at the answer book and studying the equation to understand the answer. Our public schools are giving our children a Third-World Education. My son, age 25 works as a part-time cashier at a retail company. My oldest daughter, age 30 is a fourth-year surgical resident at a hospital.
Public Unions have increased taxes, padded pockets of union members, given away more benefits than we have in the private sector and dumbed down the education of our children. We will see if the voters of Wisconsin agree with me during the recall election June 5th. Will they support Governor Walker or allow the public employees to further their demands that we support them with increased taxes further burdening our society.


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