Public Sector Unions: A Convenient Scapegoat

Source: Bruce T. Boccardy, WorkingUSA, Volume 14, Issue 3, September 2011
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For the last 30 years or so, antiunion business organizations and media bloviators have undermined or virtually decimated private sector unions. They are now determined to destroy unions in the public sector. Of course, unions discarded their own democratic paradigm back in the day, thus alienating many members. This facilitated those scurrilous attacks.

Breathtaking misinformation is peddled to the public. Public sector unions are portrayed as responsible for the economic immiseration of all working people. Never mentioned is a tax structure that unfairly burdens middle- and low-income taxpayers. The distinction between public sector union employees and management is often also conspicuously omitted.

Public sector union members are not living lavish lifestyles. Like all working people, they are struggling to pay unfair tax burdens for high-quality public services in their communities: police and fire protection, schools, childcare, libraries, public works, parks and recreational facilities, roads, bridges, veterans’ homes, hospitals, community health centers, and city and town halls.

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