Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Collective Bargaining for Public Employees is Wrong

Time to review the simple truth: Collective bargaining for public employees is wrong because it is a conflict of interest.

Management is elected -- often because of huge donations from the union that management will end up negotiating with. So the unions put their money behind the candidate that will make them the best deals. It is about deal making, not about public service and fiscal responsibility. Public employees should not be able to strike either.

It has happened and is happening. And many unions' overly-lucrative pensions (which are drowning states in debt) are the evidence. Pensions negotiated with people they had a strong hand in electing. It is the fox guarding the hen house as much as any conflict of interest in the private sector. The conditions that allow it to happen should not exist. That means no collective bargaining for public employees. It is that simple.

Furthermore, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin should say it loud and clear. Not hide behind his short-term budget goals.

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