public sector unions: fundamentally destructive

In 1959, newly elected Wisconsin Democrat Governor Gaylord Nelson (who later founded Earth Day) signed the first collective bargaining law for public employees.

Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor in 1959

Jeff Jacoby did a great job yesterday at Townhall explaining why collective bargaining is such a terrible idea in the public sector:

when labor and management bargain in the public sector, they are divvying up public funds, not private profits. Government bureaucrats don’t have to worry about losing business to their competitors; state agencies can’t relocate to another part of the country. There is little incentive to hold down wages and benefits, since the taxpayers who will be picking up the tab have no seat at the table. On the other hand, government managers have a powerful motivation to yield to government unions: Union members vote, and their votes can be deployed to reward politicians who give them what they want — or punish those who don’t

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