Originally Posted by chiefst2000
The problem with public sector unions is with the pension system and labor relations laws. When the State mandates a defined pension benefit without providing municipalities with any clarity whatsoever as to the cost of the plan the end result is a mess. Unions are often great for the workers in the system until they lose their jobs. They are best for public sector workers because the jobs can never be lost so the tax payers get soaked. In the private sector they also work to create an adversarial relationship between employer and employee which culturally is not an ideal corporate environment. LIL's anecdote was the perfect example.
Public Sector Unions are a huge drain on our government and if it wasn't for them federal and state gov'ts would be able to run more efficiently. That said, private sector unions are absolutely still necessary I love these arguments from conservatives "There's lawsuits and OSHA now so we don't need unions". Rubbish. Conservatives are doing everything they can with tort reform to end civil lawsuits and the next Republican president that gets elected will try to get rid of OSHA or at least make it a joke like George W. Bush did naming Christie Whitman the EPA head.