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STATE BUDGET: Reduce unions’ influence

Letter by Norma Wilbur, University Place on Aug. 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm | 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.

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