The state of Ohio took a giant step backward when the people voted to allow public sector unions to retain collective bargaining rights and the right to strike.
How is it that tax payers fail to understand that public sector workers work for the taxpayers?
The unions are crafty when they march out the firefighters and police to lead the protests. They cleverly group them together with teachers, garbage collectors, street sweepers, social workers, and anyone else with a public sector job, as if all of those jobs had the same worth and therefore deserved the same rate of pay and benefits.
Public sector jobs are required for cities, towns, and states to operate in a civil manor. But what many fail to realize is a distinction must be drawn between those jobs and their worth.
Not to long ago the people of Ohio realized they were in financial trouble, so they put a conservative in the Governors office to get the state’s fiscal house in order. On the brink of accomplishing that task, the people of Ohio have pushed that goal further out of reach and perhaps out of reach for good.
The public sector union members will now doubtless vote themselves a raise, and probably an increase in benefits by the second quarter of next year. All 360,000 of them. If they manage to vote themselves even a $1 per hour increase it will cost the State of Ohio (as a whole) $14.4 million a year. Who’s going to pay for that? The individual taxpayers and small business owners of Ohio, that’s who.
The national labor unions were successful in making sure public sector unions retained the right to bargain and strike by investing $30 million in advertising and no doubt bringing in out of state union protestors.
The unions want you to believe this will make Ohio a union friendly state bringing in more union jobs and union plants, and it might. But it will also create a larger catch 22 than exists now. When the public sector unions want a raise, the private sector union employees will have to pay for it.
And because states that have union majority workforces have higher tax rates, non union businesses will continue to move out of Ohio, creating a smaller tax base and eventually empty cities just like Detroit.
The second part of the measure voted down would have required public sector unions to pay 15% of their own healthcare cost and 10% of their own retirement. The unions were crafty on this point by masking the truth, telling the electorate “If you vote no, you will be voting against forced insurance purchases.”
It was a smooth half-truth. The fact is public sector unions have their healthcare paid for by the taxpayer (so THEY don’t want to be forced to pay for something they get now for free). When Obamacare takes effect by 2014 every private sector employee will be forced to buy health insurance.
If you’re a private sector union employee, and think that the company you work for will have to pay for yours, you may be right. But they may just go to another state. Then what?
The public sector pension funds in Ohio are currently only 75% funded (and that does not include the Teachers Union or healthcare costs) so the requested concessions were reasonable. But since the voters voted against the concessions, those same taxpayers are going to have to make up that shortfall out of their own pockets.
Yes Ohio, union friendly, but soon to be broke again, you have been conned by your union slave-masters into believing you just voted to support ‘workers‘ rights, when in reality the public sector employee union just became your boss.