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  •  What strikes me about the public sector (3+ / 0-)

    Is that in most cases the employees have precisely one place to go for employment, if they're a teacher, a policeman, a firefighter etc etc.

    In the private sector an employee would (at least in normal economic times) have a selection of businesses to offer their skills to.

    The state has a monopoly on employment in many sectors that people have chosen to specialize in, which demands even moreso than in the private sector that they be able to answer with a monopoly power of their own for appropriate work conditions (in Wisconsin public sector employees were significantly undercompensated even before Act 10 - the study is dated the day before Walker's bombshell).

    Otherwise you get the Scott Walkers of this world who say from their decidedly un-free market position "lump it, suckers!" as other monopolists do, to the long-term detriment of society.

    •  Precisely n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  You could easily be arguing for privatization (1+ / 0-)
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      The conclusion to your argument could just as easily be privatization, which is what the GOP champions.

      The state does have a monopoly on some services, but the union members also have a monopoly on providing them.

      Since citizens cannot go elsewhere when public employees strike, they have a stranglehold on their customers.   Since government services tend to be of the essential type, people can't do without them.

      When Teachers go on strike, poor families with two working parents suffer because they have no where to send their kids.   If they could afford to take time off from work, they get fired.

      When bus drivers strike, the working poor can't get to their jobs.  They get fired and then evicted.  Who helps them? Not the unions.

      When university administrative personnel strike, students can't register for classes.  Their education suffers.

      Public employee unions have power because they can make the public, especially the poor, suffer.

      Is this the kind of power we want to support?  

      Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

      by bobtmn on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 06:41:51 AM PST

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      •  No they don't (1+ / 0-)
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        Basic facts - the public sector is 37% unionized. Not 100%. Public employees are highly restrained when it comes to strikes, which are incredibly rare.

        But the basic issue is this - when workers are exploited and they don't strike, there is still suffering going on. So do you accept the idea that working people should suffer quietly to make your life more convenient?

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