It is time for these pro-union activists to get a grip. The state, according to http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/Wisconsin_state_spending.html, is expected to be $38.9 Billion in the red this year. Obviously, something has to be done…and fast!
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is trying to do just that. He is trying to lower the deficit by limiting union contract talks to wages only. This would also raise the amount of money that most government workers would pay for health and pension benefits.
One thing I could not understand about his denial to agree to collective bargaining with the unions. Then, I took a look at his website, at: http://walker.wi.gov/mediaroom.asp?locid=177. Once there, go to 2.21.11 and click on COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IS A FISCAL ISSUE. There you will see several areas of taxpayer waste. One example is that collective bargaining for the Milwaukee Teacher’s Association obtained health insurance coverage to pay for Viagra at an annual rate of $786,000.
Another ridiculous example of what collective bargaining has accomplished for workers is shown at the state level with the Department of Corrections. Unbelievably, if a corrections worker calls in sick one day, and then comes in and works a different shift on the same day they called in sick, they actually were paid overtime. The cost to Wisconsin taxpayers for that nice little perk: $4.8 Million!
For even more absurd examples of the abuses of collective bargaining, see more at: http://walker.wi.gov/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=177&prid=5633.
Yes, at first I couldn’t understand the desire of the governor to limit collective bargaining, but after reading his clarifications, I can certainly understand it now!