2012 December 12 Wednesday
Unions Corrupted California Politicians

A long piece on the Bloomberg site looks at how California has led the way yet again, in this case on the capture of state and local governments to serve their employees more than their citizens.

“California spends most of its money on salaries, retirement payments, health care benefits for government workers, and other compensation,” said Schwarzenegger, 65, who replaced Davis as governor. “State revenues are up more than 50 percent over the past 10 years, but still we’ve had to cut spending on services because so much of that revenue increase went to increases in compensation and benefits.”

Brown, who granted state workers collective-bargaining rights during his first tenure as governor more than three decades ago, has reduced pension costs for new employees while leaving most retirement benefits for current workers intact.

Jerry Brown, by granting state employees collective bargaining rights, created the conditions for the disaster a few decades ago. The power of the public sector unions gradually grew and reached a peak of damage during former Governor Gray Davis's term. Those public employee unions spent on elections for former governor Gray Davis and other politicians who, so bribed by union money, granted the pay and pension raises that created the financial disaster.

Unions for public employees exist to collect dues from their members to use to buy politicians. The public employee unions are the enemies of the taxpayers who are paying money for services. Too many politicians are easily corrupted by campaign donations from unions. Too many voters are too ignorant and foolish to recognize when their politicians have been corrupted. We can't afford for unions to be that powerful.

Could state ballot propositions be used to repeal collective bargaining rights for government employees?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 December 12 08:42 PM 

Check it out said at December 13, 2012 4:11 PM:

And I thought this only happened in third world countries like Mexico.

asdf said at December 13, 2012 7:51 PM:

Like most unions you'll notice that most of those benefits are for people that aren't even working, mostly the retired. Unions that sell out the young workers for the benefit of retired workers have officially given up their purpose in my book.

The ironic thing is that if the government just paid 20% more up front for younger workers it wouldn't need these benefits to attract anyone. It would be much cheaper in the long run.

bbartlog said at December 14, 2012 5:50 AM:

Jerry Brown also quietly dropped the state's case against illegal immigrants being constitutionally entitled to welfare benefits. He's a walking financial disaster. The magical thinking is strong in him.

Firepower said at December 14, 2012 10:40 AM:

Don't think the SEIU and Teachers won't beat you as an Ironworker
The Government Union membership is just too fat and out of shape...

enjoy the decline said at December 14, 2012 3:34 PM:

the rest of the nation will be conscripted to bail them out. if the banks and gm are too big to fail then why isn't california?

'boo said at December 16, 2012 8:29 PM:

"And I thought this only happened in third world countries like Mexico."

CA is a third world country.

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