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UNION: Taxpayers foot vicious cycle’s bill

Letter by Jack T. Moore, Lacey on March 1, 2011 at 10:06 am | 105 Comments »
March 1, 2011 10:37 am

Re: “Locals voice views of Wisconsin plan” (TNT, 2-27).

You only have to look as far as the Midwest (Wisconsin, Indiana) to see why public sector unions and collective bargaining “rights” are a bad idea.

First, collective bargaining is not a right, it’s a privilege given to public sector unions by their friends in government. Think about it. Public sector union bosses sign collective bargaining agreements with like-minded politicians (Democrats), giving union members (and their bosses) contracts with great benefits.

Then, union dues are taken from members (whether they want to be members or not), and a portion of these dues are given back to these same like-minded politicians so they can get re-elected. Unions use our tax dollars to elect the politicians they will be negotiating with to take more of our tax dollars.

This vicious cycle goe s’round and ’round, and who’s stuck paying the bill? The taxpayers, whether they want to or not. This should be illegal.

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