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…Kalifornia is reaping what it has sown. Now cities are fighting back, but is it too little, too late?

Unions suck.

Blue Civil War: The Battle for California

Via Meadia readers know that the most important political battle in America today isn’t the much-ballyhooed battle for the soul of the GOP. It is the blue civil war, pitting key elements of the Democratic coalition against one another as the old social model fails and the growth curve of rising blue model costs runs up against fiscal limits. Blue model policies, whatever their merits, don’t generate the revenue that can support blue model institutions and methods, and when those shortfalls appear, the coalition divides. It’s happened in Wisconsin, it’s happened in Indiana; it’s happened in Michigan and it is happening in California.

The Battle of San Diego is now in full swing. Last summer, voters there approved Prop. B, a ballot measure to reform a pension system whose cost had quintupled in 12 years, eating up revenue for other activities. As politicians struggled to pay off the pension obligations, libraries closed their doors and roads deteriorated. Voters had enough. No longer would they accept service cuts (or tax hikes) to pay to keep unionized public employees in the lifestyle to which they had grown accustomed.

The unions are striking back. A few weeks ago, the Public Employment Relations Board, a quasi-judicial administrative agency for public employees, ruled that “the city failed to negotiate in good faith with its public employee unions before Proposition B was placed on the ballot,” as a local news station reported. In other words, unions believe they should have veto power over which options are put before the voters. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith was not impressed:

“We’re not gonna back down one iota, I can tell you that,” he said. “Because the people do have a right under direct democracy to bypass the city council, to bypass the state legislature, to bypass the labor unions, and to bypass PERB. This is a constitutional right, no different than the first amendment.”

via Blue Civil War: The Battle for California | Via Meadia.

…up front. I’m easily amused.

… and everyone that reads my blog should know what I think about unions and Democrats. I think they are the scourge of America and unions should be disbanded entirely in the public sector. Private sector I can give a crap.

Democrats suck.

Unions suck.

Goodbye Post Office, Hello Postal Unions
By G. Michael Fielding

If there is one thing conservatives understand, it is that Unions are never satisfied until they get what they want. And when they don’t succeed in their agreement terms with their employers, they will cry threats at everything and anyone except what is really at fault. Recently, the National Association of Letter Carriers Union (NALC) released its new labor contract to its members and posted on its National Bargaining website. One of the statements NALC President Fredric Rolando made was: “This agreement rewards city carriers for these contributions and sets the stage for a major comeback for the Postal Service, provided that Congress does its part to enact real reforms that will allow us to serve the American people and the U.S. economy for decades to come.” Congress does its part to enact real reforms? Could these reforms have anything to do with raising taxes on the American people?

Could it be that the New Agreement included lower wage scales for new career employees as well as the increase of health insurance premiums coupled with no employer matching shares with regard to the Flexible Spending Accounts? Considering the state of the Postal Service and the fact that this once great American institution is now practically broke, why in the world would the NALC want to continue giving support to an administration that keeps stabbing them in the back? Congress certainly is to blame for a lot of things; but rather than focusing on blaming Congressional leaders, the NALC (as well as Unions in general) should take a hard look at the real encompassing cause of the problems with the Postal Service. Surely, the Congress is made primarily of Republicans; but even those Republicans in Congress have no backbone and continuously capitulate to President Obama’s demands.

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…and the teachers unions in particular are ruining the children of this country. The kids these days can’t read, or write, or do math at a proficient enough level to keep up with the rest of the world, yet these douche bags in the unions want more and more money for an inferior product. Getting unions the hell out of businesses and schools can only lead to good things. We need more states to adopt the right-to-work laws that stop unions from taking funds and giving it to Democrats and their lobbyist cronies. Until the Democrats are cut off from their source of funding and the unions are likewise cut off from Democrats giving them handouts, this country cannot recover from the economic crisis that we are in.

Just look at California. The unions run this state, in particular, the teachers unions. When they tell their Democrat lapdogs to jump, they expect them to ask how high, and for how long.

Now in Michigan, the legislature has passed right-to-work legislation and the governor is expected to sign it.

Guess who’s suffering because of the unions? It’s the children.

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work
Students suffer because ‘several hundred’ teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing
By Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup

At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today.

Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers.

“We’ve had an excessive number of teachers call in,” Warren district spokesperson Robert Freehan said Monday afternoon. “We’re concerned about the safety and security of the students, so we’re treating it as a snow day.”

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So whenever you hear these douche bags spewing their bullshit about “it’s for the children” when they want more money, you might want to look at the evidence against that. It’s our there in plain sight.

In Detroit, only 7% of students in 8th grade are proficient in reading. How is it that teachers unions that get so much money still can’t teach children how to read? They’re even worse at math. If America is to sustain itself, we have to stop turning our children into morons through public education reform, starting with getting rid of unions and firing incompetent teachers.

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading
By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com) – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

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I have a great idea! Let’s give these douche bags more money so they can screw up our kids’ lives and help America become the laughing stock of the world. NOT!

As for California, take a look at this gem, I reblogged this earlier, pay attention people.

“Social Justice” called, and it wants your children. Now.
Posted on December 5, 2012 by justturnright

The problems with our country’s Public Education system are myriad: the schools themselves are often not safe, and far too often fail to provide even a merely passable education. But I’ve said many times prior that Public Schools are no longer seeking to educate our children, but rather to inculcate them. Just think of the videos you’ve seen where kids are singing praise to Obama (or his policies), as just two examples out of thousands.

Public School Education is now explicitly driven by the Progressive Agenda. Whether we’re discussing sex-ed, or marginalizing religion, or freedom of speech: it’s all Left wing values that are being communicated.

Proof? You want more proof? Okay, you asked for it…

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... and should be outlawed in my opinion.

What purpose do they serve? The government employee sector already makes more money and work fewer days (one month) than private sector employees. The union claims that they are underpaid by 35%, but they are omitting a part of the equation. Their benefits package is 2.7 times more generous than what is paid by large private sector firms. Let’s not forget about all the sick days and vacation they get on top of all that.

And now, they want Congress to exempt them from the fiscal cliff that is approaching. Since the unions are what gave the most cash to Obama’s campaign, they figure that they are owed something in return.

If military retirees have to take it in the shorts when this fiscal cliff hammers us, then the government employees should be hit even harder.

Should We Pay Government Employees More?

Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay.

Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal.

“The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions—pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the ‘fiscal cliff,’” Government Executive reports.

Government unions went all out to re-elect the President—the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent more than any other outside group on Obama’s campaign. While only about seven out of 100 private-sector workers are unionized, in government, that number rises to 36 out of 100.

Now they’re complaining that they don’t get paid enough.

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…if you haven’t noticed, I hate unions. I think they’re destructive. They are about themselves, the rest of America be damned.

In the latest example of unions SUCK! we have Hostess going out of business because a union didn’t want to take a small pay cut in order to keep their jobs. Now, there are 18,500 people out of a job. All because a union didn’t want to take an 8% pay cut. 8% vs 100%. Seems like easy math to me. I can take an 8% pay cut a hell of a lot better than 100%. Unions are run by assholes that don’t have to worry about their job being axed when the company goes under. I don’t feel too sorry for the union pigs that lost their jobs, it’s the other folks that had nothing to do with the union that lost their jobs as a result.

If you are working in a company and some asshole approaches you about starting a union, punch that fucker in the mouth. Figuratively, of course. Unions destroy industries, pervert the electorate and they destroy lives. Fuck unions.

Twinkies Maker Will Close After Strike

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of the iconic snack Twinkies, announced today that it will liquidate the entire company because not enough striking employees returned to work by a Thursday evening deadline set by the company.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

Hostess said it will seek bankruptcy court permission to close its business and sell its assets, “including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants.”

“The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the Company’s largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the Company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities,” the company said in a statement.

“We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike,” Rayburn said in a statement Wednesday. “Therefore, if sufficient employees do not return to work by 5 p.m., EST, on Thursday to restore normal operations, we will be forced to immediately move to liquidate the entire company, which will result in the loss of nearly 18,000 jobs.”

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…of public sector unions.

It’s disgusting to me that PSUs get away with the bullshit that they get away with. The teacher’s unions always screaming “it’s for the children,” when in reality it is for them. It is their greed and their pensions that need to be padded by the public through taxation. These unions have a monopoly that must be broken up in order to bring sanity to the fiscal problems that most cities have these days.

They don’t want to have standards imposed on them that would threaten their tenure. Accountability for their crappy education skills are constantly being fought tooth and nail. Just look at the graduation rates across the country. Chicago has a 40% dropout rate. And they want more money for that shit? Pathetic.

Charter schools are a way to put a stop to the monopoly of teacher’s unions. The schools are better and the kids get a better education. It’s a fact.

Take Chicago, please.
Here’s an excellent article that goes in depth on this issue.

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions
by Richard A. Epstein

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

n September 18, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated a settlement with the City after going on strike for seven days. At issue in the dispute were critical issues like teacher salaries, working conditions, and teacher evaluations. As is typical in these situations, neither side held all the high cards. The two parties had to agree to compromises that patched up the current difficulties without implementing any sensible long-term reforms.

The wage piece of the deal is likely to add about $74 million per year over the next four years to a municipal budget that is already deeply in the red. The extra dollars that go into wages will be taken out of other budgets, rendering classrooms and other facilities less suitable than before. The moderately stiffer standards for teacher evaluation, both before and after tenure, may make marginal improvements in teaching performance, but none that will be significant in the short term. The overall dismal performance of the Chicago public school system, with its 60 percent graduation rate, will remain more or less what it has been.

The recent news affirms that public education in Chicago and other major cities needs to be fundamentally overhauled. The first item on the reform list should be the collective bargaining system, which has taken over public education for the last fifty or so years. Collective bargaining has its roots in the private sector, where it received a huge boost from the passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

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