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Editorial: Reining in union goons
Please note that I wrote this letter on May 14, three weeks before the Wisconsin Recall Election in which organized labor was trying to recall Gov. Walker. I was confident even before this date that Walker would be able to defeat the union’s effort.
What made Walker’s win even more pleasant for me were the two contributions I made to his campaign. I strongly believed in his cause.
What was Gov. Walker’s alleged offense? In order to save Wisconsin from a France or Greece bankruptcy, Walker pushed through state laws that would either cancel or reduce the collective bargaining power of public sector unions.
Private sector unions usually have enough sense to not bankrupt private sector businesses. However, public sector unions have no such sense of restraint. They know that if a city or state goes bankrupt, the taxpayers will have to get hit harder to make up the deficit.
So, the state of Wisconsin remained solvent by limiting the collective bargaining powers of public sector unions, e.g. teachers’ unions, garbage collectors’ unions, state employees’ unions, and public utilities unions.
This madness must be kept under control. Consider recent developments in France. President Sarkozy was defeated by the radical Socialist Hollande, who immediately declared he would help the French economy by creating more government jobs. Good luck with that.
EMMETT J. STORK
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