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SPENDING: Disconnect of public sector employees

Letter by Dana Booth, Tacoma on Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm | 58 Comments »
February 28, 2012 2:32 pm

A  letter from a Washington Education Association member (TNT, 2-28) exemplifies the disconnect of many unionized civil servants.

There’s a reason that the private sector, including unionized workers, don’t receive the Cadillac benefits packages that government employees do: namely, their employers would go broke. No private company could provide those levels of benefits and stay in business.

So many government workers don’t seem to understand that, by design, they don’t sell their services or goods; they’re paid for by taxes and fees.

The WEA member that I referred to arrogantly proclaims that she feels no shame for taking what her union bargained for her, then felt the need to scold concerned taxpayers for having an opinion.

She seems to not realize, or care, that many of the people who are paying for her way of life are not nearly as well off, and when she’s comfortably retired, many of us who’ve lost value in our retirement funds will be working well into our golden years to pay for her golf outings.

I don’t begrudge government employees for taking what’s been negotiated, but to say it isn’t a fiscal problem is simply dishonest. In addition, by the government allowing such cushy packages to be negotiated, it deepens the divide between public and private sector workers. When hard-working taxpayers hear tenured government employees tell them to shut up and fork over, it just doesn’t go over too well.

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