Changes needed in unions

To the Editor:

When I opened my property-tax bill, I felt like I got slapped in the face.

It went up $1,000 – or 18 percent. This shows the contempt and disrespect that the public unions and taxing bodies feel for us. If you look at your tax bill, it’s all for schools and pensions.

Everyone we know is now retiring out of state. In Florida, they are paying $1,000 a year for property taxes.

In a 10-year period, it will cost us $100,000 of our savings for property taxes, and cost them $10,000.

They still have police, fire departments, schools, garbage pickup, etc. What they don’t have is out of control public sector unions.

I believe our state constitution should be changed.

Guarantees for unions have no place in the constitution and are counter to democracy and the taxpayers.

They should be illegal.

While private sector unions fought for improvements for all workers and had competition,
public sector unions have gold-plated benefits at the cost of higher taxes for us all, and cuts in spending programs for us the taxpayer, who are footing the bills.

Union contracts make it impossible to reward excellent teachers or fire bad ones.

President Roosevelt considered public unions “unthinkable and intolerable.”

It is not democratic and leaves voters with no say on public policy.

Public employees need to be rolled into 401(k)s, Medicare, Social Security, and retire
at 68. And we need a property-tax tea party in Illinois.

Cynthia Barber

Algonquin