Some people get on us for pointing out that public employee unions are kind of a JV crony team which costs the taxpayers of this country billions each year. Invariably the people who benefit form unionized government work howl and insist that they are in fact the “good guys.” They are just trying to do their job and to be paid adequately for it. And oh, by the way, don’t touch their pension. We should focus our attention on the evil corporate America.
This comes to us from Ed Ring at the California Policy Institute
The SEIU and other unions want very much to turn fast food workers into a unionized force. The Dems want desperately to turn fast food workers into unionized voters. The “minimum wage debate” centers around giving unsophisticated potential voters something to motivate them to the voting booth.
The problem is an increase in the minimum wage will only hasten the destruction of low skill jobs.
This is important because many homecare workers are spouses and children and have absolutely no interest in paying public employee unions for the right to care for their sick loved ones. Often they also lack the means. They are not “state employees” just because they receive a very modest Medicare payment for their work.
This is an interesting little dust up. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is pressuring the de facto propaganda outfit for the White House to let its workers unionize. But get this, Media Matters management is fighting the effort hard.
Public sector unions are out of control in this country. From sea to shining sea public “servants” have refused reforms to pension programs which threaten to derail public finances. Funding for police, schools, and roads is being sacrificed to pay for programs which benefit a narrow group of highly politically connected workers. Often public workers make six figure salaries when the people in the communities which fund these government workers on average make nowhere near that.
On a related note Obama probably got a few calls from his friends at the United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, and the SEIU this morning.
According to reports the protest organized to deflect attention from WWII vets crashing the barricades (the guys are in their 80s) was organized by a group called “Good Jobs Nation” funded by the Teamsters, United Farm Workers, and other unions.
No one seems very eager to get wrapped up in the launch of Obama’s grand experiment in social engineering, but it looks like the administration has finally gotten the SEIU on board. This is the same organization whose former head Andy Stern has praised Chinese “state capitalism” publicly (read – crony capitalism) so it figures.
I wish I could have posted this in October when we did it but better late than never.
It opens with Bill Shireman, the CEO of The Future 500, a client of mine. He is then followed by a keynote from David Stockman discussing the book he was then writing, which has since become an instant classic The Great Deformation. Lastly is your editor and a great collection of guests talking about crony capitalism right before the 2012 election.