Margaret Smith

Moochers Not Producers Protest for Collective Bargaining

By Margaret Smith on March 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

By Margaret Smith on March 14, 2011

Private sector workers had a loss of 8 million jobs between 2008 and 2010, but public sector workers, a net gain of 590,000 jobs during that time period. This disparaging difference is not your headline news on MSM, local television, or even your newspapers. Why?  I know, some of you already answered that with – liberals and hypocrisy- or progressives agenda to make this a Nanny country. I will take the answer a step further for you. Unions, because there are TV unions, newspaper unions, you get the picture.

Unions depend on union dues, not just for paying Union leaders. Union’s rely on the dues for power.  This money is to elect Democrat politicians.  The elected Democrat in turn will be looking out for the public sector worker and the right to take money from the private sector (taxpayer). A great example featured in this article by Jerry Shenk, American Thinker (footnote 1): “Given human nature, some politicians will be indifferent to the quality of education, but loyal to the interests of the teachers unions who help fund their campaigns.”

Moochers the word I would use for the leaders of unions and public sector unions. They are using collective bargaining to enhance their pays, whether it is in benefits or in pay increases. Food for thought, the dues collected from a public sector worker pays for the salary of the leaders of Unions, (moochers). What they never seem to think about during the collective bargaining, the tax payer (producer) whom they are taking the money from. The taxpayer is the producer of all the money paid to public sector workers. And today that pay is unbalanced. I will quote an article from USA Today by Dennis Cauchon (footnote 2): “Federal Pay ahead of private industry.”

Another article by” Dennis Cauchon”3, headlines “Wisconsin one of 41 states where public workers earn more.”  So take the time, read the information, educate yourself.  The Unions are pushing hard to make this an emotional issue. We can push back and make it a factual issue. Most of are aware that facts beat emotions, unless you are a progressive or liberal or a bleeding heart Democrat. The media wanted to make this issue in WI emotional so they talked and talked and talked about collective bargain, a right,(not in my Bill of Rights )-what about yours?  What the MSM failed to talk about was the true underlying reason why Unions are worried.

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Summarized by Neal Boortz, (footnote 4):  “Under the law before Gov. Walker signed his new bill last week, the union dues were collected by the employer — the government. Now the workers will get to make up their own mind whether or not they want to pay the union dues. That is because they’re going to have to write a check for these dues every month, every quarter, or however they pay them.”

Oh how the Unions do not like this scenario. The Unions depend on the government to deposit the dues on a regular basis. Now in WI and hopefully many states to follow, Unions will have to go to the worker and ask for the money. We are talking about approximately $1,000 a year in dues.  Imagine how you feel writing a check for $1000, but not having anything to show for it. Finally the worker will get to see the money going to Unions; maybe, (one can hope) they will actually wonder what they are getting for this money.

Producers, many hard working Americans, are thankful for the ability to pursue a dream or to take risk as an entrepreneur.  Free to choose the path to reach their dreams. By virtue of relying on themselves for what they make or want to make in the future, their goals are endless. They are my heroes. My hope is someday that all Americans will understand, you have no “right” to another person’s property. There is no guarantee for equal outcome in America.

 Footnotes:

1. By Jerry Shenk American Thinker, March 13, 2011

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/challenging_the_teachers_union.html

2. Federal pay ahead of private industry. USA TODAY by Dennis Cauchon

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm

3.Wisconsin one of 41 states where public workers earn more USA TODAY by Dennis Cauchon

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-01-1apublicworkers01_st_n.htm?csp=obinsite#

4. It was really never about collective bargaining. Neal Boortz.

http://boortz.com/nealz_nuze/2011/03/it-was-never-really-about-coll.html

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