Uncivil Unions

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As with so many other things, such as vegan restaurants and the crack epidemic, California leads the country in destruction by government unions.

California’s civil service unions have employed all the usual thug techniques –- regular strikes (illegal until the California Supreme Court approved them in 1985), rolling strikes, the “blue flu” (cops and other public-safety workers calling in “sick”) — all of which are almost as harmful to the state as when they actually show up for work.

While taxpayers groan under their tax burdens, one group of voters is constantly lobbying for higher taxes: government employees, who are paid by the taxpayer.

When California voters approved Proposition 13 back in 1978, cutting astronomical property taxes 57 percent, the public sector unions went ballistic.

Union bigwig Ron Coleman said, “We’re not going to just lie back and take it.”

John Seferian, vice president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said the union should have told politicians: “Hey, we’ll bring the roof down on you.” (Which you have to be a member of the roofers’ union to do.)

Jerry Wurf, president of AFSCME, warned that the union was “prepared for confrontation.”

His solution to the ballooning cost of government employees was … guess? That’s right, it was the same as it always is: Tax the rich.

“Let the big shots pay!” Wurf said. Embodying the hopes and dreams of our Founding Fathers, Wurf said organizing government employees was part of his goal to “remake the economic and political system” in line with the vision of socialist Norman Thomas and the Young People’s Socialist League.

Members of public sector unions see their pensions and benefits the way the Mafia views its “partnership” with a restaurant, as described in the movie “Goodfellas”: “Business bad? F–k you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F–k you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? F–k you, pay me.”

Spoiler alert: When the restaurant owner is unable to pay his mob tribute, they burn the place to the ground.

But government employees aren’t exactly like the mob. At least the Mafia guys have a strong work ethic.

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  • davarino

    Amen, we have to stop the mob from ruling us. What do we do when everyone works for the government? Who will pull this wagon? Everyone will leave and let you dummies feed off of each other. Then what?

    We have to do this. Now is the opportunity.

  • http://theoldgeek.com Bob Madden

    I think Michael Moore was very clear about the way the left thinks recently. He stated quite clearly that everyone's money, resources, etc was all community property to be used for the good of all. No doubt he would have us replace the stars, and stripes with the hammer, and sickle?

    • Wideband

      Except for his of course. He gets to keep his mansion, his millions and his shares of Halliburton stock.

    • sodizzy

      He truly has no idea how money is created….through goods and services. Even though he himself has done it and very successfully, he is obviously ignorant of the way free enterprise works.

  • Lori

    They Seem So Selfish they are to be Union! Can They Solve Any Problems Together? I Thought They Were Union? They Seem To Be Lost In A Wilderness,

  • USMCSniper

    Even FDR recognized this: "All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters."

  • sodizzy

    Ever since I was 16 (over 50 years ago) I knew that unions were bad news. I watched the SF Longshoremen and Harry Bridges demand ever more all the time. No compromise.

    It seemed they held the community as prisoners somehow. I am hoping this negative hold,. always complaining that they don't get enough when in reality they are doing well.

    I believe that an objective study of their roots will reveal the communist/socialist beginnings and influence.

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Hello, from my bunker outside of Panama.

  • voted against carter

    I live in the metro Detroit aria. Have been indirectly and directly involved with ALL three car companies since 1983.

    Unions AND management are BOTH responsible for their demise.

    Of the "big Three" Ford has all ways been the most hostile to the UNIONS.

    And funny how that worked out for them in the long run as they are the only
    one of "the Big Three" that is viable financially and STILL A PRIVATE company.

    Having said that,…

    Union Dues are nothing more that LEGAL EXTORTION.

    If you want a JOB,… you HAVE to join the UNION,.. AND you HAVE to PAY DUES.

    WI legislature is making dues optional.

    It IS one of the things the UNIONS are trying to stop.

    When I was in Unions If I could have NOT payed dues I wouldn't have payed it.

    I HATE UNIONS. You want UNIONS??


    Go get a job in DETROIT. Oh,.. wait you can't.


    AND THE REST OF AMERICA pretty soon too.


    UNIONS are Destroying America.

    Look at Detroit MI to see what the UNION's AND the DemocRAT party have planned for America.

    BY the DemocRAT Party and their UNION masters.

    WAY to go AFL-CIO, UAW, AFT,TUA, WGA and SEIU.

    This IS what they WILL do to YOUR town if you LET them.