I believe what Scott Walker is proposing is sound fiscal judgment and makes good civic sense. This may be a very blue state but it’s not nearly as unionized as our neighbor to the south, Illinois. You’d think with Wisconsin’s’ blue collar reputation we would be strongly unionized. That’s not the case. In 2010, the percent of union members dipped to 15.1 percent from the previous year's 15.2 percent. It was a decline of 30,000 workers from one year to the next.
But don’t listen to me. If you work in Wisconsin, and you have not one, but two members of the extreeeeeemly liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board speaking out in favor of a Republican Governor’s proposal for union members to pay a small percentage to their retirement and end collective bargaining, you know Wisconsin’s financial house has got to be in a world of hurt. If MJS says giving more power to back to the taxpayer and backs that plan made by a Republican, it would seem something must give.
Walker has said removing public unions' collective bargaining rights is necessary to help plug a budget deficit projected to be $3.6 billion by mid-2013. Without the concessions, he says 1,500 state workers could be laid off over the next four months to deal with an immediate $137 million shortfall.
Records show taxpayers:
• Spent $8 billion from 2001 to 2010 on state employee health care coverage, while those employees contributed $398 million.
• Spent about $12.6 billion on public employee pensions while the employees contributed $55.4 million.
• Paid nearly all of the employee portion of the public sector pension contributions.
State employees make up 60% of all taxpayer costs to operate the state. In the UW system, a whopping 77% of operations are dedicated to employee costs. It’s 70% Corrections and 63% for Health Services.
Fringe benefits for teachers ALONE made up 25.6%. That’s not pay. That’s just TEACHERS!!
That sound fair to you?
THEN YOU GET STUFF LIKE THIS....
And now we have a large number of union employees who are inflating their workloads just prior to retirement to inflate their benefit payout.
We can’t do that out here in scab land folks.
What lawmakers, Republican and Democrat must ask themselves is: Are the unions taking a fair hit with regard to the hits the privet sector has been burdened with the last five years?
All signs point to yes.
The fact is, they bussed in STUDENTS to protest, many of whom did not know why they were there.
These lawmakers need to remember the voters who just sent them there, and do the right thing. Those union members chanting in the rotunda today in Madison need to feel what we conservatives have had to swallow for over a decade and taxpayers here in Wisconsin have had to deal with for longer than we care to say.
Now here is the kicker. My wife is in this union.
We stand to lose a lot because of these actions in Madison.
She’s mad and says it’s wrong.
I’m firm and say it’s time.
This is where the rubber meets the road guys.
If I am principled, the fact it affects me should not matter.
The only ones who feel they are being treated unfair are the unions.
We have no choice anymore. I can't help it if it affects me and my family directly. There's a reason it affects me. The status quo is unsustainable. Spending must be curtailed and perks pruned. Just because it hurts my family, does not make it wrong.
Those of you in the union with sob stories; spare us: The privet sector has your stories blown away.
Ask anyone how they have been hit by this recession. Then ask a public employee. Huge discrepancy. That’s why there’s such low tolerance for this. And there is evidence out there WEAC is misleading its members saying they will take a 20% pay cut. It’s patently false.
And the fact of the matter is non-union employees working right along side union employees have had to take huge cuts in both pay and benefits. What makes Unions immune and why do they feel they should be?
My wife is the greatest gift I have ever received.
I love her with all my heart.
God is with us and we are faithful.
We were made for such a time as this.
We must be patient and wait upon God.
ONLY HE CAN SAVE US... AND HE WILL.
This is the Elitist Democratic montra:
You do what we tell you.
We’ll do what we want.
The facts are we now must pay for all the things Dem. Governor Jim Doyle shoved down our throats.