Fifth-grader Megan Sichterman, told WAOW, an ABC affiliate, “I was really sad because all the kids really like him. He’s really nice to everybody, and I was kind of scared at the same time that we wouldn’t see him on the corner anymore.”
Even in the middle of the battle over collective bargaining rights for government unions, just last month the snowplow operators’ union filed a grievance against Racine, Wis., to demand paid days off for snowplow operators … after a snowstorm.
After a massive storm shut down the city for two days, snowplow operators thought they deserved two paid days off on account of all the snow, like other government employees got.
The snowplowers’ union also filed a grievance against the city for hiring private plowing services to help with the snow removal. Perhaps it was that troublemaker Warren Eschenbach showing up with a snow shovel and volunteering to help clear the streets.
No government snowplow operators were laid off and plenty of them worked overtime after the blizzard — but the union thought Racine should remain immobilized by snow for a week so that government snowplow operators could get even more overtime.
In the private sector, a company that capitulated to such ludicrous union demands would go out of business — as would have happened to General Motors if the government hadn’t taken it over. Offered substandard products at exorbitant prices, the consumer would buy from a competitor.
But with government, the consumer has no choice: We have to buy from the company store. Government employees will always have more passion and commitment about increasing their own salaries and perks than will the taxpayers, who have to worry about their own jobs and salaries. The public — especially the taxpayer — will always lose.
That is simply a fact about government jobs that can’t be avoided. What doesn’t make sense is to implement a system that invites this kind of mutual back-scratching between the Democrats and public sector unions — to wit, collective bargaining where there is no “management,” but only co-conspirators against the taxpayers on both sides of the bargaining table.
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