Sunday, November 21, 2010
Senate should reject S. 3194, Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill
The Senate should reject S. 3194 Police and Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill.
If passed, S. 3194 could force every police officer and firefighter in the country under union boss control, override state and local labor laws across the nation and lead to mammoth state and local expenses and tax hikes. Forcing union nonmembers to accept public-safety union officials as their monopoly-bargaining agent is what S.3194 is all about.
Most Americans are strongly opposed to monopoly bargaining (forced unionism.) We are strongly opposed to legislation designed to help Big Labor grab monopoly-bargaining privileges over hundreds of thousands of additional employees.
Union membership in general in this country has declined in the past 20 years. Union leadership is desperate to get new members, even by force and deception. This bill is vastly unpopular, but Democratic leadership continues to try to push it through. Why? In June 2010 certain House leadership colluded with Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, and other union representatives to attach this bill to a military appropriations bill in order to get it to pass. This is blatantly unethical but was virtually ignored by the media.
Look at California and Illinois to see what the rest of the nation has in store should S. 3194 pass.
• California is facing a budget deficit of over $19 billion thanks to out-of-control government union bosses and their outrageous demands.
• Illinois is facing a $13 billion shortfall -- half the state's budget.
• The city of Vallejo, California, actually went bankrupt after nearly 75 percent of its budget was spent on satisfying the demands of the union agreement covering police and firefighters.
The Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, recently stated that struggling cities are "handcuffed" by public sector monopoly bargaining.
Look at the city of Detroit, the poster child for what happens to industry when unionism is allowed to take control of labor. The same will happen in the public sector.
These stories are echoed throughout the country everywhere unionism is rampant.
This bill cannot stand the light of scrutiny. It certainly should not be considered in the lame duck congressional session, as many congressmen have been voted out of office because they do not represent the views of their constituents. It is appropriate to let the 112th Congress consider this bill fully.