Collective “Bargaining” “Rights”, Public Union Thugs, and Unfunded Liabilities

posted by Nima

March 4, 2011 · Posted in General Economics 

FDR on Collective Bargaining

For what it’s worth, here is an actually semi-intelligent statement from Franklin Roosevelt :

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.

The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.

A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

It’s about “Bargaining”? Really Guys … !? :)

Public Unionism Just Another Subset of Bigotry

Right up there with wars, patriotism, religion, racism, etc. you can find public sector unionism.

I found this unsurprising anecdote from a recent event very instructive, it’s from Mish’s blog:

President Obama is the Slave Master

Please consider the following quote heard recently at a tea party in Denver.

… They are trying to distract you to make you think that what they are all about is the right thing. In reality you’re just a pawn to them, a pawn that the Democratic Party and Barack Obama are using to keep them in power. This is a form of slavery. Liberals are enslaving themselves. Barack Obama is their slave master and they are doing his bidding for him. They don’t see it that way but that’s how it is.Was it a white racist who said that?

No it wasn’t. It is the man waving the Gadsden flag in the following image.

That is Leland Robinson, 51, a Denver native. He was hounded and harassed in Denver by an aggressive woman in a purple SEIU shirt who told him …

“You’re an entrepreneur, so you don’t work. You don’t know what work is until you get into an educational area. … You’re uneducated, unethical, immoral, and you don’t know what life is. That’s your problem. Why don’t you go behind that fence where you belong? Why don’t you go back with your own kind?”

Another woman in red made further racial comments “I asked you a question: Do you have any children? That you claim, that you claim.”

A bystander asked “What did you mean when you said does he have any children that he claims?”

To which the lady in red replied: “Because he’s such a free spirit and an entrepreneur, I would assume that he’s not supporting children.”

Those damn lazy, good for nothing entrepreneurs, all they do is get paid for by voluntary customers for voluntary services! How is that helping anybody?!

I think it might be instructive for public union boot licking liberals out there to look at so that they can understand how closely tied union thug mentality and other forms of bigotry are and will always be. Oh, and I know, this was of course an isolated incident and there will always be bad apples who … bla bla bla. Sure, suuuuuure =)

Public sector unions today are kicking and screaming. The day of reckoning has finally arrived and changes are bound to come that will put these thugs in their place, at least for a little while.

Their record in terms of service done to society is dismal to say the least.

All Public Sector Unions Have Accomplished over Decades is to Bankrupt States and Municipalities

This is an informative map from last year already about the level of underfunding in the different states …

By the way, I also wrote this about public pensions imploding over a year ago.

I’m sure it was fun, that is in a pathetic, parasitic, and superficial way. But the ride is over. Time to clean the slate and move on people …

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3 Responses to “Collective “Bargaining” “Rights”, Public Union Thugs, and Unfunded Liabilities”

  1. Strategic Investor on March 5th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Great post

    The level of contempt that these public union gasbags have for work, for wealth creation, has to be shown to be believed.

    But how else can one rationalize the defence of failure that is the raison d’etre of the public sector union? I think they must really spend all of their time rationalising to themselves that they are brilliant executives who “sacrificed” a lucrativce career to do the difficult “work” of teaching addition to 6 year olds.

    Even the economics teachers can’t seem to see that the issue is not whether something is important (teaching children to be literate and numerate is clearly important), but rather the availability at the margin of people who can do the work. They chose work which can be done by almost any adult who is himself or herself, literate and numerate, thus is relatively low value add.

    Instead, they live in a world of delusion in which they convince themselves that they are noble martyrs who sacrifice to better society, while hardworking people in the private sector who pay the taxes that support their wages and benefits, are greedy selfish people. And as self-defined martyrs, consider themselves morally superior to people in the private sector, who, as you point out, are just trying to help people in a way robust enough that the beneficiary of the help would be willing to pay (the horror!).

    The fact is that either teachers and other public sector employees could have brilliant private sector careers, in which case they have chosen to apply their talents at less productive uses, presumably because the work satisfies them – i.e. for selfish reasons (which by their own moral standards means that they should be scorned and punished). Or they could not have had brilliant private sector careers, in which case, they have made no sacrifice, and are not martyrs, but people who were never going to add much value, and therefore were never going to be big earners.

  2. Nima on March 5th, 2011 9:17 pm

    Yes, good points.

    A parasite always hates the host because the host reminds the parasite that he’s a parasite. :)

  3. Strategic Investor on March 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Exactly.

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