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STATE BUDGET: Reduce unions’ influence

Letter by Norma Wilbur, University Place on Aug. 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm with 2 Comments »
August 18, 2010 3:31 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Democrats have started contract talks with the state employees’ unions. The state requested that the unions pay a bigger share of their health care and eliminate step pay increases, etc. The unions said no.

The recession has forced the private sector to downsize and reduce the cost of labor while trying to keep customers and clients. It seems the arrogant state unions want to dictate state fiscal policy and preserve a bloated government.

Earlier this year, the state requested the unions to agree to eliminate step increases. The unions said no. The helpless Democrats said they had to honor labor contracts or face a lawsuit. The Democrats in the Legislature then gave the citizens hundreds of millions of dollars of new taxes.

Now again, the unions demands will be mostly met by Gregoire, and the Democrats in the Legislature will confirm the unions’ demands.

The Democrats have not the incentive, knowledge or fortitude to serve the taxpayers instead of the unions. Out-of-control state unions should be faced with an angry Legislature.

How about passing a right-to-work law or other legislation that reduces the power of the unions? Perhaps new laws would give the taxpayers equity with the all-powerful state unions.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Public unions have put this country on a path of unsustainable debt obligation. Why do we need unions for federal and state workers? They are paid better and have better benefits than most Americans. The fact is that governments want to set a good example for private industry buy paying a fair wage and offer great benefits. We have budget issues and debt that must be dealt with. I want to see the state declare bankruptcy and then abrogate the contracts with the unions and allow this state to become a right to work state. Unions have only succeeded in dummying down our kids and driving manufacturing jobs out of the country while they fill their coffers with cash from tax payers.
    Follow the lead of cites in California, use the bankruptcy courts to deal with unions that don’t want to deal. You will only need to do it in one state. Where are the leaders like Ronald Regan that know how to deal with unions? Fire them all. They have outlived their usefulness.

  2. rainlover says:

    Until the Democrats are taken out of control the unions will continue to get everything they want. It’s up to the voters to get the necessary changes to make it all happen.

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