Today's unions greedy as yesterday's robber barons
March 05, 2011 08:06 PM | 1493 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Re: Kevin Foley guest column, "GOP governors declare war on 'our heroes,'" Friday's MDJ

Mr. Foley begins his nauseating pontification by admitting that it took 9/11 to get him to properly respect firefighters and first responders. He also admits that it took him a bit longer to begin to respect police officers and teachers, but he finally did so. He then accuses the rest of us of being just like him. Hear me; some of us are not one bit like him.

Let me offer some advice to help with his cranial-rectal problems regarding those he now fawningly chooses to call a "breed apart." They are not one bit different from the rest of us; all are American citizens, some deserve our respect; some are even brave and hardworking; and some of them are indeed heroes, deserving of the highest honor we can give them.

He seems unable to comprehend, or, more likely unwilling to admit, that this fight is not at all about how we view them. It is about taxes and government and greed and power.

Unions were formed in this country by brave men who successfully fought greedy robber barons. They were even admired and supported by people like FDR, who, however; said the following; "All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. Under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government."

Public sector workers are paid with tax money; not profit margin. Private sector workers can justifiably demand fair pay for good work, thus setting a "standard." Public sector workers deserve fair treatment, according to that standard, and citizens should elect politicians like FDR who will ensure that.

I do not believe unions were formed by men like Mr. Foley or his cowardly "Democratic state senators," who, "are having none of Walker's scheme and fled the state." Unions are an idea that will never die, but they are currently getting their collective noses deservedly shoved in the mud precisely because they allowed themselves to become as greedy as those barons they fought in the beginning.

Kenneth D. Parrott
Marietta
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re: JeanMartin wrote
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March 07, 2011
Name-shy though you are, you might want to read YOUR contract with CCAE/GAE, too. You seem to be unaware you're also automatically a member of the National Education Association. At a cost to you well exceeding $100 per year.

And Wikipedia tells me (you too, if you'd only look) that the NEA is a labor union. If memory serves, it even registers with the federal government as one.

It has also endorsed every Democratic nominee for president in my lifetime. Every one! Which is the reason I finally opted out.

J. Martin

Orpheus
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March 07, 2011
Oh yea, I forgot that working 180 days for 50-60k with decent benefits was horrible. No one should ever count on the government for any retirement. That is why we are here, people holding their hands out to the all mighty government instead of taking care of themselves.
anonymous
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March 07, 2011
The GAE preys on all staff, not just teachers. They tell them they are going to get all these great things, but when I saw some of the deals offered, they were not close to what you could get outside of them. Just bogus claims. They recruited staff in positions on trucks and buses and such so they could cover more areas and pitch the lies in exchange for free trips.
top cat
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March 07, 2011
There is no problem at all about government salaries, perks and pensions.

Either raise taxes to keep things as they are for govt. employees, or lower taxes for the rest of us and cut govt. jobs, pay and perks.

The latter move would improve the private sector economy, the first will be a boon for government.

Which do you want?
dave y
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March 07, 2011
Kenneth D. Parrott this "scope" has been going on since the 1930's and is nothing more than an effort to destroy public and private unions for political purposes. When thing get bad enough for the working class maby they will vote their own best interests rather than abortion, flag burning and gay marriage. If they don't God help em, the Republicans sure won't.
Kenneth .D Parrott
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March 07, 2011
Dave Y, I can see that you are still, "Waiting For Superman" and I really do hope you are not a teacher. I will not hold my breath waiting for Wisconson to solve "this problem", the scope of which you seem unable or unwilling to fully comprehend, but I would be very happy if they did. If, somehow, they do, I will get some fresh crow and eat it wherever and whenever you say, OK?
re:JeanMartin
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March 06, 2011
Jean you signed agreement to join CCAE/GAE to pay association dues each month. You had a choice for payroll deduction or pay in full with a check. If you decide to cancel your membership then you cancel your membership at the end of the school year not after a few months. Read the agreement.

Jean I hope you are no longer teaching, if you are really that stupid to believe that there are Collective Bargaining Unions in "Right to Work Georgia" collecting Union dues.

JeanMartin
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March 06, 2011
I see that questions are finally being raised about the local school district collecting dues money for teacher groups.

When I first tried to resign from CCAE/GAE several years ago because of their partisan Democrat politics -- I was told by district payroll that they "couldn't" stop deducting GAE dues from my paycheck because dropping out is only an option "in September," according to the GAE.

And why was CCSD enforcing that, I asked? No satisfactory answer was ever given.

dave y
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March 06, 2011
This problem will be solved in Wisconsin, with some of America's best schools, not Georgia, with some of America's worst schools or by Kenneth D. Parrott. This question has nothing to do with money, benefits or a financial crisis. The union has already conceded every monetary question. This is simply an effort to break public service unions, privatize their jobs and remove them as a source of financial opposition to the Republican Party. The citizens of Wisconsin will correct this assault on public service workers at the ballot box or with recalls. Hopefully this a wake up call for all working class Americans after thirty years of reduced wages and outsourcing. Where will the Republicans get the money for tax breaks for millionaires? Out of the pockets of teachers, nurses, firemen and police.
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