When Walker says he wants to limit collective bargaining to wages and benefits, what he is really saying is that he needs to be free to roll back teacher tenure, reward good teachers with merit pay, give parents choice about where to send their children, and assure that — even if there are layoffs — that they are based on merit not seniority. The union contracts all over America block these key changes. But we have to put our children first and improve the quality of our schools.
I agree with what Walker is doing. I think Unions have been overstepping it’s power for too long now. Unions are necessary for sure, because people need to be protected from abuse, but they have become way too powerful the last twenty years and need to be knocked down a few notices to be in alignment with good sense.
The problem is that people are turning this into a “Union Busting Policy” but I personally don’t agree that this is what Walker is doing. I think he is just trying to handle a state crisis situation that unions don’t seem to have sensitivity toward. I feel what unions see is government trying to do away with union, but whatr states see is a way to have more control of their budgets by gaining more control over the unions demands.
Unfortunately, people are going to be hurt any way we look at this situation. If unions push a state into bankruptcy, the people will all be affected. If state government is not allowed to control their own budget then what other options do they have left for them? On the other hand, the unions have rights that they expect to be honored. They believe money has already been paid to the state and that states are reneging on their commitments.
So where do these two sides meet if neither side can compromise? Since the 14 Democrats have fled the state and made themselves unavailable for a vote, the government cannot move forward to solving this problem. Neither can the government do anything about other policies that need those 14 Democrats attention. I think they need to be fired for not showing up for work, just like you would be if you didn’t show up for work. They have a contract with the American People to be at work and to take care of their business. It ticks me off royal to see them get away with this tactic; meaning they throw a temper tantrum if they can’t have their way.
I would like to know what you think about this situation. Hard as it is, people are being hurt one way or another, how do you see this quandary being resolved?