n 1871 Charles Vander Woerd invented the first screw machine. There went 5000 years of seniority for blacksmiths. Saying public sector collective bargain should stay because it’s been around a few decades is specious. Model T’s and rotary phones disappeared because times change. Unionists should realize that times have changed for them too; they are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.
I’m not a hard hearted guy, but the concept of holding the citizenry hostage until you get what you want is fundamentally wrong. I don’t want to take money out of teacher’s children’s mouths; but I have to pay my bills and live within my means, and maybe public sector union workers should do the same. I’m not hugely successful — and being self employed there is NO one paying for MY retirement. That I should keep union workers in the style to which they want to become accustomed is just plain insulting. Wisconsinites and others around the country can say they are being demeaned by having their collective bargaining rights put at risk — but what about those who have to go without in order to pay their lush retirement benefits? Aren’t we being demeaned too?