[quote="Gertabelle, post:9, topic:202488"]
Not in Colorado! :extrahappy: We voted to make it illegal for unions to support or promote any political issue or candidate. Saves me the trouble of having to request to have that portion of my dues refunded me every year :thumbsup:
Actually our teachers union did just that this spring when the union and the administration worked hand-in-hand to come up with a way of making ends meet -- with a seriously decreased budget -- in a way that would have the least impact on students. The union reps at the table approved a salary freeze and unpaid furlough days (among other monetary concessions) for the coming school year; and I was deeply moved by the overwhelming support for these sacrifices that I saw in my colleagues at our union meetings. This support was not coming from teachers at every stage in their careers, including our "veterans" whose approaching retirement pay would be negatively impacted.
There is a spirit of sacrifice and looking out for others that is inherent in the ranks of school employees.
As for other government employees, I can't say much because I just don't know enough about the subject. But before you go off on a rant about how terrible the unions are because they fight for better salaries and better benefits, consider how you would feel if those salaries and benefits were for the support of your own family.
So what would you like to see in government jobs?
No job security? Fire at will? No due process for firing?
No insurance (health, dental, life) benefits?
Pay based on "average family income" for the immediate neighborhood?
Pay based on "average family income" for city, state, US?
Pay based on some performance rating? (Who would do the rating? Would this be a paid position? On what would the rating be based?)
Standardized pay schedule (like most school districts have) based on experience and level of education?
What seems fair to you?
Is your solution to California's financial problems to just shove all government employees under the bus? Is it your belief that the lady working at the DMV who issues car registrations is the cause of CA's problems? Or is it the librarian at the local library? Or perhaps the man fixing the road in front of the library? Really?? And how exactly would adding tens of thousands of people to the unemployment lines in the state contribute to finding a solution to its financial troubles?
I completely agree that unions should not be allowed to participate in politics! But keep in mind that the people whom these unions represent are actually working for their pay. Don't you agree that they should be paid something for their work?
I know the media all like to batter government employees, saying they are lazy and never do anything, but that's not been my experience in any of my own encounters with local, state, or national government institutions. Let's face it, the media likes to batter the Catholic Church as well -- so maybe we shouldn't be so quick to believe everything we see and hear from the media.
Having lived many years in the DC area, I've seen the waste, and laziness in Government. I've also lived in CA, and MI regarding Unions, which 50 years ago were necessary, but not today with all the greed.
However, your post is most refreshing.
Denver has a good Bishop too ! Consider yourself lucky. :)
We have to tell Obama's socialistic minions that unions should follow Colorado based upon your post - NO CAMPAIGN MONEY, NO CAMPAIGN WORKERS. And then NO POLITICAL FAVORS.
This may come as a surprise to you, but most states have right to work laws. People in private industry have to do a good job or lose their job - not be carried by a Union.
Private companies compete with each other for the best employees they can get - ie benefits etc.
Government employees once they have a little seniority are there forever, if they simply do a mediocre job. Very difficult to fire them. Many years ago, it was not so, but now Government employees and their benefits make more than those doing similar jobs in the private sector.