Eugene Robinson’s column regarding the Wisconsin situation (TNT, 2-22) is simply misleading leftist propaganda. And the assertion that that state’s governor, Scott Walker, is trying to bust the union? Not really a shock to most thinking people that public sector unions need “busting” – or at least radical changes in the way they negotiate, and with whom.
For anyone who’s been living under a rock: In the private sector, labor unions negotiate with business owners. Concessions made by the owners will benefit the union workers, and vice-versa. The public sector, however, is a whole different animal.
Public sector unions donate huge sums, almost exclusively to Democrats, for their election bids. The union then negotiates with representatives – of the same people that they helped elect. During negotiations, these people aren’t “conceding” anything; no one is giving up anything and everyone benefits.
The union workers negotiate prize contracts, and the politicians and their people are ensured another round of big donations from the same people they just negotiated with.
The only people who suffer are private sector taxpayers who are basically the victims of a theft and money-laundering scheme.