Skip to comments.Public workers facing outrage as budget crises grow
Posted on 01/01/2011 8:29:26 PM PST by Immerito
FLEMINGTON, N.J. Ever since Marie Corfields confrontation with Gov. Chris Christie this fall over the states education cuts became a YouTube classic, she has received a stream of vituperative e-mails and Facebook postings.
People I dont even know are calling me horrible names, said Ms. Corfield, an art teacher who had pleaded the case of struggling teachers. The mantra is that the problem is the unions, the unions, the unions.
Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that some public pension funds dangle perilously close to bankruptcy. In California, New York, Michigan and New Jersey, states where public unions wield much power and the culture historically tends to be pro-labor, even longtime liberal political leaders have demanded concessions wage freezes, benefit cuts and tougher work rules.
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And elsewhere in the news, under the leadership of president Obama and his supporters......
Just think if the media was not so corrupt including ALL of TV including Fox which has Rove on their shilling for Obama - these unions would be hanging from posts.
Let me join in, Ms. Corfield. You're a clueless twit.
Boo effing hoo.
I have no respect for anyone in the “teaching” union.
Simple question - what are the unions doing to better serve the costumers?
For public employee unions, particularly those in the education realm, what is the union doing to make yyour products better - more children educated to a level that allows them to compete in a global marketplace.
If teacher X can't answer that, then teacher X should rethink where the dues are going and the kind of policies that the union supported elected officials back.
Public employee unions are a problem, plain and simple.
Who payes their salaries?
These public worker clowns are FOOLS.
Reagan did it. He busted the air flight controller’s union. Time to do the same to the rest of these unionized government workers. They should have never been allowed to unionize in the first place.
“Waiting for Superman” should be required viewing for all Americans.
I love this one.
Public employees are getting owned
I have the greatest respect for teachers... but they need to remember who pays for their salaries. And the fact is public workers are now facing hard times like every one else. We need can no longer afford to give them whatever they ask.
Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.
Excellent question. :-)
NJ teachers union last year collected $120 million in dues. FUNDED BY THE TAX PAYERS!!!!
The point I'm trying to make is that there are many public/state/city/county employees that work hard for the little that they earn. If you don't think I earn what I work for, open a backed-up lift station at 1:30am and get it working before it overflows (15 minutes or less). I work with some very conscientious people who do understand it's the taxpayers we work for, not the county commissioners. I do get upset when comments are made that 'all public employees' are crooks.
What made people despise her is the moment in the video where the Governor is attempting to give a reasoned, multi-part answer to her question and she sneers and cackles rather than listening to his response.
Her condescension, egotism and unjustifiable sense of entitlement were revealed at that moment.
Union employees believe that the reason why taxpayers, employers and customers exist is to provide them with whatever they happen to fancy, in perpetuity, while their job is to do the absolute least amount of work required and to do it at the last possible moment while displaying the worst attitude they can as they do it.
You are joking, right?
The teachers know exactly what they are supporting.
The National Education Association's just-retired General Counsel Bob Chanin:
“Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas.
It is not because of the merit of our positions.
It is not because we care about children.
And it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.
NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.
And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.”
As legendary New York teachers union leader Albert Shanker said:
“When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children.”
The subtext of Christies message to a lot of people is that youre paying for benefits youll never have, he says. Our challenge is how to defend middle-class health and retirement security, not just for our members but for all working families, when over the past 30 years retirement and health care in the private sector have been essentially demolished.
Another clueless communist that doesn't know wtf is going on.
Maybe we should try and ask Mr Master just WHY retirement and healthcare for "all working families" in the private sector have "been essentially demolished" over the past 30 years.
“for the little that they earn”
Try telling that to the good people of Bell, California...
Thanks for the reference, I saw the trailer and will be watching the movie as soon as I get the chance!
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