Public sector unions in crosshairs after the Wisconsin recall election

June 11, 2012

ByWhit Johnson

(CBS News) Wisconsin’s historic recall election has re-energized the enemies of organized labor.


“I think really government works better without them. I really do,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, when talking about public sector unions.


On Sunday, Daniels said while private sector unions are necessary, he suggested for those in the public sector, it’s time to go. Daniels first took on the unions back in 2005, stripping state employees of their collective bargaining rights shortly after taking office.


“Voters are seeing the fundamental unfairness of government becoming its own special interest group, sitting on both sides of the table,” Daniels said.


About 84 percent of public sector workers have access to pensions, compared to only 20 percent of those in private industry, and voters are noticing.


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In San Diego, where 20 percent of the city budget goes to public worker’s pensions, voters there just approved a ballot measure forcing them into cheaper 401Ks.


In Wisconsin’s case, voters sided with Gov. Scott Walker, who saved an estimated $1 billion by cutting pensions, benefits, and limiting the bargaining rights of state workers.

The unions who attempted to throw him out of office in the end were outspent and defeated.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Anyone in public sector jobs (city, county, state, and federal), are only interested in how much they can get. They are far less productive than any private sector workers, but of course they will be the first to tell you otherwise. If everything in government was turned over and run by private companies, not contracted companies, waste would quickly stop and agencies would run smoother. American workers, mainly public workers, have become so pampered that they have no idea what a true days work is.

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