23 February 2011

Must read by Ann Coulter on unions and government workers.

Look for the union fable
The need for a union comes down to this question: Do you have a boss who wants you to work harder for less money? In the private sector, the answer is yes. In the public sector, the answer is a big, fat NO.
It used to be widely understood that collective bargaining has no place in government employment. In 1937, the American president beloved by liberals, FDR, warned that collective bargaining "cannot be transplanted into the public service." George Meany, head of the AFL-CIO for a quarter century, said unions were not appropriate for civil servants. As recently as 1978, the vast majority of states prohibited unionization of government employees.
On his first day in office, the Republican governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, signed an executive order denying public-sector employees the right to bargain collectively – something that had been granted, naturally, by a Democratic governor.
As a result, Indiana government employees instantly got to take home an extra thousand dollars that no longer went to union dues – and good employees started getting raises, while bad employees got cashiered.

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