Politics, popular culture and Reagan conservatism spewed maybe once a week...or less
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Sympathy for workers on strike...
...and I got none. I particularly have no sympathy for public employees who go out on strike, like the Chicago Teacher's Union now on strike for more, more, more.....
These greedy bastard were offered a 16% raise over 5 years, not bad considering they only work 9 months out of the year, have some of the most opulent benefits packages available anywhere on earth, and can never get fired for any reason, except maybe murder - and even then, the union fights tooth and nail to keep these murderers on the payroll.
Nope, 16% pay raise? Uh-uh. No way Jose. They want way more than that, in addition to guaranteed affordable housing forever, and a few other ridiculous demands, or they walk the picket lines.
The strikers at General Motors are slightly more sympathetic, but not much. They are going up against a management structure of a private enterprise that determines their compensation, and that does not affect the general public directly: if GM's products are not available owing to a strike, we can always buy a Ford, a Chrysler, a Volkswagen or a Porsche. No biggie. And GM, should they choose, can just fire all of these strikers and hire scabs, completely legal.
Not so with striking public unions: yes, like Ronald Reagan fired all of the striking air traffic controllers in the 1980's, that option is not on the table for public school districts. And parents cannot simply enroll their children elsewhere in the event that their local schools remain on strike. Nope, these kids are held hostage by these rotten public unions and there is nothing mom and dad can do about it, not really.
As contrasted with private companies and their unions, public employees are not striking against and demanding concessions from private employers. No siree Bob. They are demanding concessions from the taxpayers. And yet we tax payers already put in place public employees to manage our public schools: the mayors of the cities. These elected officials are our representatives regarding educational resources, and when public school unions decide to buck what the duly elected mayors have established as reasonable compensation, they are bucking us - John and Suzie Q. Public.
To hell with them, I say. Fire the lot of them, send them screaming into the night and force them to eat out of dumpsters. If they want to play hardball, well then welcome to the NFL.
Ditto with private company unions, just on principles.