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UNIONS: System reflects a conflict of interest

Letter by Michael A. Endicott, Buckley on May 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm with No Comments »
May 22, 2014 1:34 pm

There seems to be an interesting connection between some of our scandals and problems, including problems with our educational system: unions.

The question that needs to be asked is, “Should an organization that represents government employees be allowed to take money collected for dues and then give hundreds of millions of dollars of those dollars to the elected officials, who are their bosses?”

The unions write the employee rules that can present an inherent conflict of interest. This system sometimes seems to protect government union employees by putting them above the law. Sometimes it can be nearly impossible to resolve employee problems and or uncover criminal activities in real time.

Is it time for us as a country to pause, step back and objectively assess if our system has become antiquated? Are we negatively affected by our inability to get to the the heart of many of our problems in real time?

There is a reason the unions in the past lost the support of the private sector for their membership. Do employee abuses tie our hands and make it almost impossible for our government to resolve some issues? Will this destroy our government, our way of life?

We are a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It seems we have become a government of the unions, by the unions, for the unions.

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