There is a difference between private sector and public sector unions. ? Private sector unions are not necessarily bad. ? It is possible that they can provide for the safe working conditions and liberty of the workers in a specific industry, e.g. coal mining. Yet too many unions have helped to chase American jobs overseas through demanding exorbitant wages and using government to regulate additional benefits over and above what is negotiated in the union contracts. ?The quality of a private sector union depends on its leadership, mission, and agenda. ? The same can not be said of public sector unions.
Public sector (government employee) unions are inherently bad. ? Calvin Massey explains:
In the public sector, by contrast, a union is not bargaining for a greater share of the revenue produced by economic activity; it is bargaining for a greater share of revenue that is obtained by force of law ? taxation ? or, if not a?greater?share, at least for a?constant?share of those revenues extracted from the citizens. What a public sector union can and does provide in return is political support for the faction that chooses to increase taxes or the union?s share of existing taxes. If public sector unions deliver on their support, they will be rewarded by ever more generous payments. There is no market that acts as an external monitor of worker compensation; there is only a steady repetition of a corrosive bargain ? tax the public ever more in order to maintain political power. That is inimical to responsible government.
The collusion between government leaders and workers against the taxpayer needs to end. ? It is time for public sector unions to be abolished, to help lower the runaway costs of government here in New Jersey.
(Image source -?http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/files/2011/03/union-boss-cartoon-copy_0.jpeg)