Labor union membership across America has been in decline for decades. There was a period of time when they were needed. Those days are over. Its only growth has been tied to the public sector but not enough to make up for the overall loss in membership ranks across this country.
The unsustainable and unaffordable compensation and benefits packages negotiated for public employees (along with welfare/entitlements programs) are some of the blame for the crippling economic situations many of our states find themselves in today. These collective bargaining agreements also carry some of the blame for the crippling property and sales taxes and fees forced upon the populace. We here in the private sector have to work extra hard so these lazy fucking public workers can live just a little bit better than the rest of us. Fuck you. Politically, we have not had enough firepower to fight them but the times are a changing. There can be no discounting the historical significance of the November 2010 elections.
First up is Wisconsin. Wisconsin is about to bitch slap the rat bastard communist unions plaguing that state. And it's going to happen today. No better place for it to happen. Welcome to Ground 0.
Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights. The bill marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.
So I guess we can thank Wisconsin for this national epidemic of public employee unions. If the bill passes, we can forgive Wisconsin for its gross misdeed.
Thousands of protesters, including children and teachers from more than two dozen schools forced to close due to high absences, were expected in and outside the Capitol for a third day of protests. Schools in Madison, the state's second largest district with 2,600-union covered employees, closed for a second day. "Our goal is not to close schools, but to instead to remain vigilant in our efforts to be heard," said Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell.
BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! WTF? Your goal is to not shut schools? You can achieve that goal by simply showing up for work ya greedy bitch! As a parent, this is the kind of shit that boils my fucking blood. I remember when the WEA (Washington Education Association) went on strike up here in my neck of the woods a couple of years ago and shut down entire school districts for a week. It did not sit well with the general public.
Wisconsin has long been a bastion for workers' rights. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was founded in 1936 in Madison. But when voters elected Walker, an outspoken conservative, along with GOP majorities in both legislative chambers, it set the stage for a dramatic reversal of Wisconsin's labor history.
And you have the full support of the majority of Americans.
Look, I have no problem with compensating public employees with fair wages. We need well-paid teachers, police, and fire. The problem I have is bloated bureaucracy, ridiculous compensation packages that now overshadow most private sector jobs, and massive welfare/entitlements programs that do nothing more than suck the life out of our people (topic for another day). States like Wisconsin and New Jersey are simply asking for some concessions from the labor unions. And we all know how the labor unions have responded. Unions care about union dues. They don't care about the well-being of its membership and certainly don't care about the "customers" they serve. If they did, then they would have ceded to reasonable requests from the public years to ago to reign in their ridiculous and unaffordable benefits packages, particularly pensions and medical. And the Wisconsin teachers would be at work today.
So it's time for a bitch slap. Next up: a National Right-to-Work Law. That's real reform right there.