Mar 17, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
To be fair, I think that obviously the fears are that over time, benefits will erode. I also suspect that federal workers are compensated better than state workers though no idea if that's the case. That being said, I think it is important to realize that despite all the vitriol, hyperbole and hysteria, public union membership with their benefits are starting out at a fairly high point. Given the budget crises over the next few years, I suspect as well that this makes them an easy and juicy target (and rightfully so given their negotiations with highly sympathetic politicians who benefit from their support) before entitlement spending gets tackled.
Imagine the outrage if government workers did not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. Consider the massive protests that would be staged by labor leaders all across the country.
Think I’m talking about Wisconsin? No, I’m talking about the federal government.
Contrary to what the Obama administration would lead you to believe, most employees of the federal government do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. That means the budget reform plan we signed into law in Wisconsin on Friday is more generous than what President Obama offers federal employees.