Skip to comments.LOCAL VOTERS APPROVE MAJOR PENSION OVERHAULS [Union Thugs Lose in Urban California!]
Posted on 06/06/2012 1:57:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
In San Jose, the current model for pensions and benefits will be substantially adjusted. In San Diego, it will be replaced. Both results come after voters overwhelmingly supported ballot initiatives in Tuesdays elections.
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Agree - a big step, but very late - but still what was needed.
One part about San Diego that I liked is that they didn’t mess with the cops (or pigs, as OWS calls them) regarding their pensions. They keep the expensive plan.
The reason that I like that is that the police have guns and if you give them a reason to stay honest (i.e., a nice retirement), more of them will stay honest (not the same for firemen or other muni workers). Having a relatively corruption-free justice system (Eric Holder excepted) is critical to this country not turning into another Mexico.
Now that they have been heard, it's already headed back to the courts to be overturned.
“Now that they have been heard, it’s already headed back to the courts to be overturned. “
That will be the next hurdle for the citizens of this county, dealing with an out of control judiciary. Like the PE union pensions, we will need to firmly deal with judges who legislate from the bench. This is perhaps the biggest problem we face as a people working to put our country back together. We will need to remove a lot of them as we go down the road to recovery. We cannot allow them to continue to subvert the legitimate will of the people through legal perversion.
Pension costs have contributed to the squeeze felt by many local government budgets in recent years. According to the ballot argument in favor of the San Jose measure, pension costs have increased from $73 million per year to more than $245 million per year over the last decade and now account for 20 percent of the total general fund budget.
Not a hurdle at all...
"Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool." --Clinton presidential aide Paul Begala, July 1998
Public Service doesn't mean you're to be serviced by the public for life
President Kennedys Executive Order 10998, allowing Federal unions, is what opened the door for public sector unions at the state and local level, which is leading to bankruptcy from bloated public sector salaries, benefits, and retirement plans. Businesses that offered plans like many governments have would go bankrupt. Govt entities will, too, eventually, but it will be much more painful.
This is why unions should again be outlawed for public employees.
When collective bargaining was brought into American schools in the 1960s, it was a revenue stream and power base for Big Labor. Suddenly, union bosses became more interested in building political muscle than educating children.
At that point the battle between unions and school boards became more focused on salary, benefits, pensions and working conditions for adults, and less about students.
Kids are only pawns in the self-serving union game.
What is the purpose of teacher unions? To work for children? Establish new and better requirements? Push their members to better serve parents and children?
"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" ...National Education Association's just-retired General Counsel Bob Chanin. (The NEA is the County and State Association's parent body).
NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell:
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."
All government unions should be banned. The idea that government workers need protection from guess who?? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, is ridiculous. remember, teachers are government employees. Ban government unions.
Actually, that’s really what I meant to say. A lot of them need your brand of “therapy.”