I spent 30 years as a union representative negotiating in both the private and public sectors. I found Ken Miller’s article displayed a lack of experience with public workers, slanted economics and an anti-union bias (TNT, 11-5).
Miller lays out a sweeping ledger sheet of generalities, while omitting the details, and the quality of management seems to escape his scrutiny completely. I can cite example after example to Miller of situations that without, employee input through their union, millions would have been lost due to management’s ineptitude.
I also point out to him a recent study showing that public contracts going to a private contractor will cost the taxpayer on average 83 percent more than if public employees did the same job in house.
“Senior employees – become outdated.” Now there is a clear statement of capitalist brutality on full display. And once seniority is gone, management’s friends and family seem to show up on the payroll in disproportionate numbers.
Since 1973, because of the ideas outlined by Miller, American workers have experienced a 30 percent decline in real income. Income and benefits have declined for public employees as well, but apparently not fast enough for Miller and his right-wing allies.
Cheap labor and attacking public workers is not the solution to the huge systemic economic problem we face as Americans.