Friday, March 18, 2011

Unions and Pensions - #2731 - Californians Overwhelmingly Favor Pension Limits - Business Insider (2) State Troopers Forced to Drag Union Protestors from Tennessee Senate Hearing - The Blaze (3) Noisy Unions Storm Michigan Capitol Protesting GOP Governor's Budget Bill - The Blaze (4) Government-Union Reform Spreads Beyond Wisconsin - James Sherk, National Review Online

California voters support limits on public-employee pensions by a 3-to-1 margin, according to the Field Poll. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed favor a cap on the amount of salary used to calculate pension benefits, compared with 20 percent opposed, according to the statewide survey by Field and the University of California, Berkeley, released today. Forty-two percent said the pensions are “too generous,” up from 32 percent two years ago.  Read more......  Is this really California.... did they just wake up?.....
State Troopers Forced to Drag Union Protestors from Tennessee Senate Hearing - The Blaze -  Troopers forcibly carried out seven union supporters from the Tennessee’s legislative office complex on Tuesday after their protest disrupted a Senate committee hearing.  The disruption occurred after hundreds of labor supporters gathered for a midday protest near the Capitol to denounce a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights. The seven arrested were among those who stood up during the hearing and began chants about “union busting” by the Legislature.  Most demonstrators left the hearing room after a half-hour, but a small group tried to lock arms to keep from being removed.  Read more......


Noisy Unions Storm Michigan Capitol Protesting GOP Governor's Budget Bill - The Blaze -  A Republican governor’s budget meets strong union resistance. Union members flood into the state capitol building. Hippie drum circles commence.  Okay, I haven’t seen any drums YET, but I’ve heard all the familiar chants: “This is what democracy looks like!”; “Solidarity forever!”; and everyone’s favorite “They got bailouts, we got sold out!” Liberal blog site DemocraticUnderground.com announced earlier: Occupation of Michigan State Capitol in Lansing Has Begun.” Unions and other liberal interest groups are once again scheduling bus trips to bring protesters into Lansing from across the state.  Michigan’s newly elected Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing to cut state taxes by $1.7 billion, financed in part by applying the state income tax to public and private pensions. Additionally, Snyder’s budget seeks $360 million in wage concessions from state employees with half the savings coming from requiring a minimum 20 percent employee contribution toward their own health insurance costs.  Read more.......
Government - Union Reform Spreads Beyond Wisconsin - James Sherk - The Corner -National Review Online - The fight in Wisconsin is about who controls government: the voters, through their elected representatives, or government unions? Collective bargaining means the government cannot employ workers except on terms the union accepts. Government unions also politicize the civil service — the money they collect through the state payroll system makes them major political players. Unsurprisingly, unions want government to serve their interests instead of the public’s.  Fortunately, other states are following Governor Walker’s lead. Many states across the country have passed or are moving to pass legislation restoring voter control over their government:  Alabama: Alabama recently passed legislation prohibiting the use of the state payroll system to transfer money to political organizations — including government unions.  Read more.......  In addition, read  what is happening in Idaho, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Nebraska.

No comments:

Post a Comment