EDITOR:This is my feelings toward unions. Unions today can be and are two sectors, private and public. Let me tell you why.
Private sector unions are supported by private funding, which is your earnings, which unions take from these earnings as union dues.
Public sector unions take the earnings from workers whose wages come from the taxpayers.
In the private sector, competition limits union leverage. If workers negotiate wages, benefits and costly work rules, if employers can't pass on to customers, businesses, failed union contracts become worthless. Recognizing what unions did to General Motors, Chrysler, and other once mighty American employers, most workers won't vote yes in union representation elections and the private sector union membership has fallen to less than 7 percent of workers.
In the public sector, unions have special leverage, because employers are monopolies. If service is lousy they cannot go to other places. Public unions invest in political campaigns to help ensure management - governors, legislators and U.S. Presidents, also excessive benefit packages, health-care and pensions, ignore bad employees that cannot be fired. Makes organizing real easy.
Public unions make sure workers are represented at the negotiating table, but the taxpayer who pays everything, his interests be damned.
This is the worse bargaining system ever devised, it favors the public unions 100 percent.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the U.S. said this, "Public unions want nothing less than an intention on their part to 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 the unthinkable and intolerable."
F.D.R. was the great Democrat with socialism right behind. He was elected to four terms. Read it and weep liberals.