I fear that New Hampshire Senate Republicans lack the testicular fortitude that Wisconsin Republicans embraced in dealing with Union-related issues. In my 47 years on this planet, I never once begrudged a labor union its' right to exist and advocate for workers. Today, that has all changed. I now think unions totally and unequivocally 'suck'.
Unions' time has come and gone. The present-day union hackarama serves as little more than a loud, thuggish mouthpiece for a very small percentage of the labor force and merely exerts force on the greater masses into accepting higher taxes to pay for their often times lavish pay and benefits, not commonly available to comparable private sector workers. Only a Union collectively assembles people to act like disruptive bullies, and the rude jerks we witnessed yesterday at the Statehouse. Summarily, I think it behooves us to once again put the greater facts about Unions in perspective once again.
According to a 2010 report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11.9% of the nation's workforce are union members. Of that number, roughly 35% are public sector employees and 6.9% are private sector unions. Demographically, the highest rate of union membership is among those aged 55-64, closely followed by members aged 45-54.
Despite the representation of a small percentage of the American Labor Force, public employee unions have become the largest contributors to political campaigns. This self-serving, greedy and corrupt allegiance has now netted unsustainable and structural deficits in local governments and municipalities across the nation.
With the rise in power of public sector unions, public employees earn significantly more, receive lavish benefits and enjoy unsurpassed job security on the backs of the American taxpayer. The average salary and benefit package of a typical Federal employee is $123,049 annually. Throughout the nation the metric is consistent: Unionized public employees with handsome wage and benefit packages while enjoying unrivaled job security are secured by higher taxes, deficits and debt... All on the backs of working families.
Where local governments may not hire competitive workers, public sectors enjoy a monopoly and governments must employ the workers on the terms and conditions set by the Unions. Unlike the private sector unions, public sector unions are advocating and lobbying on tax dollars, because the moderating effect of market forces are absent in government. Unlike private corporations, a public employee strike will deprive citizens of essential services, such as education. Where public sector workers are prohibited by law from striking, "Sick-outs" have taken place.
Juxtapose these facts in the wake of the Wisconsin union thuggery taking place, with death threats against State Senators, Threats against local businesses to oppose Governor Walker, violence during the relentless protesting, calls for violence against lawmakers, there has been not one single union official realistically addressing unsustainable deficits and spending that has brought this society and culture to we now face today.
In light of what we have seen yesterday and in Wisconsin in past weeks, It is pretty crystal clear that Unions do not give a hoot what people think of them. What clearly matters to them is the never-ending maintenance of the old addage, "I got me and mine, f*ck you and yours..."