It’s time to outlaw public employee unions.
Hear me out. I’m not a knee-jerk anti-union schlub. There is a time and a place for unions. I watched “Matewan” many times, always cheering for the union and jeering the corporate goons. My grandfather was one of the original Sit-Down strikers at G.M. in Flint, Michigan in 1936-1937. Unions are necessary to balance the power that employers use to exploit workers.
But unions are not necessary to balance the power that the public has. By very definition, the public is not an evil employer. Sorry, but we aren’t. The American people are the most reasonable, generous and wonderful people in the world. We aren’t going to make government employees work in sweat shops. We aren’t going to make government employees work for peanuts that cause them to lose the family farm and put themselves in the poor house.
Here is how it should work, and would, but for those government unions. If the government does not pay enough, the government will not attract enough qualified people. Government services will deteriorate, and the people will either put up with the poor service, or clamor for the government to increase the pay in order to attract qualified people. And if the government employees don’t like it they can find jobs in the private sector.
That’s how it was for years. I remember when it was called “public service” and it was considered a sacrifice to serve the public good. Now, a government job is a cushy place to get ahead, a place to land a hefty retirement plan or two. Government employees have it too easy. You know what “retirement plan” I have? Diddly-Squat. If I do not squirrel it away, it will not be there for me and my family later. Why should I, who have no special retirement plan, pay taxes to support those who work for the government? Is that “fair”? Is that just?
I’m not being bitter. I just do not believe that government employees should be treated better than private employees, and that is certainly their lot at present. And I blame the unions. The employees do not like how the citizens treat them, let them find new jobs. Enough of us being held hostage by unions. Outlaw governmental employees’ unions, now.