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States Should Not Be Forced to Unionize
Posted By Landon Zinda On December 14, 2010 @ 11:00 am In Enterprise and Free Markets | 11 Comments
The Senate may soon consider a bill that would force states to allow for the unionization of public employees. In addition to the extraordinary amount of mandates imposed under President Obama, Congress has been attempting to extend the burden of collective bargaining imposed upon every state and local government. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) recently reintroduced  the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act in an attempt to rush it through Congress before Republicans take control of the House in January. This legislation would mandate collective bargaining for police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel—even in states that have passed laws to ensure this can’t happen.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty made headlines today with his editorial  against government unions. It is no secret that unions have increasingly resorted to government employees to boost membership. Minnesota has 362,000  union members, and Governor Pawlenty has had his fair share of battles to keep taxpayers from footing the bill.
Government is the easy way to avoid pesky things like efficiency and competition. In September, Heritage expert James Sherk exposed the fact that since last year, most union workers now collect a check paid for by taxpayers . Some of that money is automatically deposited into union coffers to pay for their dues. This is made possible through a taxpayer-funded payroll system.
The rise of government unions has had many troubling effects.
Congress should let each state decide whether it wants to force its taxpayers to fund overpaid union employees.
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 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/government-unions.jpg
 reintroduced: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.111s3991
 editorial: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703766704576009350303578410.html
 362,000: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.t05.htm
 most union workers now collect a check paid for by taxpayers: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/The-New-Face-of-the-Union-Movement-Government-Employees
 22 percent more: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Federal-Pay-Still-Inflated-After-Accounting-for-Skills
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