Dying city and state governments finally turning on their union masters and it won’t be pretty

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa’s chief of staff made it crystal clear: “Unions have priced themselves out of a job.”
America’s big cities have come to a grim choice: the union party is over or the city is over. The costs of union pensions and healthcare coverage have officials in cash strapped cities and states confronting their union masters and demanding dramatic benefit cuts from the same unions that hold them on a leash.

Memphis is looking to increase its retired employees’ healthcare premiums by around 15%. Toledo ripped $3.1 million from its fire fighters union contract. At least 17 states have either cut employee benefits or demanded big concessions from unionized workers.

Costs tell the story

Labor Department figures on the costs per worker hour for public versus private employees make the case about the oppressive costs of unionized government workers. It reports that for December the average government employee cost $39.60 versus just $27.42 for private employees. When this huge disparity is combined with the Census Bureau’s report on sharply declining state and local tax revenues which dropped 18% since Barack Obama’s election, the way to solvency is not at all clear.

Water lapping the top of the dam

The number of unionized government workers has finally surpassed that of private sector union workers. This means the number of private workers who pay the taxes to support government employees is shrinking and the number of takers is growing. This can only mean disaster for our country.

California in freefall

It has long been said: what happens in California today will happen across the country tomorrow. If this holds true we’re in for a depression caused by greedy unions controlling spineless Democrats. California’s Public Employees’ Retirement System at best is funded just 65% of what it needs to function.

Government pensions have always been a part of governments since the Roman Empire. In America public employees started to get pension plans and tenure against layoffs in the 1930s because they were paid far less than private employees. Nevertheless, that arrangement didn’t last and now the relationship between government and its employees is all one sided. The employees are paid far more than private workers and still have tenure and pension plans unheard of in private industry.

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This day in history April 3
1948: Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan to give away $5 billion to aid 16 countries torn up by World War II. This plan included money to help both Germany and Italy to get back on their feet.

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