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End collective bargaining

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Is anyone fooled by our Legislature’s humorous attempts at fixing the pension obligation shortfall in this ludicrous state of ours? Do any of you really believe that those who themselves are party to the problem, themselves guaranteed a pension that cannot be diminished, will vote in favor of lowering those of others? It would be akin to signing their own political death certificate.

They will continue to debate the issue; remedies will be found and then discarded due to constitutionality; and any legislation passed will be either meaningless or so watered down as to be nearly that. And in the meantime, we will sink deeper into debt.

The only solution is for the Constitution to be amended to rescind those unsustainable benefits that were written in it to get someone elected, to keep them in office, or perhaps to somehow gain monetarily from their access to this pool of funds.

Our governor is too busy skirting the issue with python cartoons and meaningless vows to solve the problem. What is needed, plain and simple, is to put an end to collective bargaining rights of taxpayer-funded entities, teachers and state and municipal workers included. 

If they can be dissolved in the private sector, the same certainly holds true for those funded by the taxpayer.

If the price of an American good is too high due to unionization in the labor market, I can buy from a foreign competitor. We are not given that choice by taxpayer-funded unions.

Douglas Knight

Huntley

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