Your Letters: Union collective bargaining not in our interest
Isn't it ironic that in the March 19 edition of the PJ that there were not one, but two articles from Don Davis (Minnesota Capitol Bureau) printed? Of course, most conservatives can immediately spot the passive interpretations behind both his liberal-slanted articles. Those are to justify the argument that the union position in Wisconsin is for workers' rights and voices.
What the liberal media is presenting to Wadena citizens according to Senator and comedian Al Franken and from Rep. Tim Walz: "It's been about limiting the rights and the voice of ordinary, working Americans." I tell you, don't be fooled by the left, they'll tell you it was never about balancing the budget at all or about union injustices. For political expediency they'll tell you its all about silencing workers' rights to suit their political platform. What the Democrats purposely fail to tell you is that Wis. Governor Scott Walker is not squelching the workers' (teachers'?) privilege to collective bargain for wages at all. Notice I said "privilege" and not "right." The Wisconsin governor is taking away the union's power to bargain for teacher benefits such things as Viagra, cashing in of excessive accumulated sick days, cell phones, the use of tax payer funded cars and many other perks that the teachers' union members are enjoying at tax payers' expense today. Remember, that's what hundreds of thousands perhaps millions of people in Wisconsin elected Scott Walker to do. Get the budget in order and most of all save 1,500 teachers their jobs.
In one of the two articles written by Davis, notice that Tim Walz and Al baby talk about Democrat (Teachers) Workers Party injustices in Wisconsin rather then their own $5+ billion deficits. Something is wrong with that picture, wouldn't you think! Even President Obama put his nose where it shouldn't be.
Evelyn Guggisberg from Morris, Minn. sums it up in this letter to the editor to the St. Cloud Visitor (reprinted with permission):
"I believe Bernie Evans' views as expressed in his column titled 'Clarifying the debate over workers' rights in Wisconsin,' which appeared in the March 4 issue of the Visitor are skewed, outdated and unrealistic.
"While there was a time in our country when unions were an important means to get just working conditions, wages and benefits for workers, that is no longer the situation. Injustice has now become the instrument by which unions have corrupted the system, and we can no longer look to unions as the way for workers to receive just rights.
"I can't help but wonder if Evans is even aware of how many union demands for unjust and unsustainable benefits have managed to bankrupt many a city across the country and is now also interfering with governments to rein in superfluous spending and balancing their budgets.
"It never ceases to amaze me how too many people, Evans included, just don't seem to understand that taxpayer funds are not a bottomless pit. Unions for government workers really seem unfair when you consider all the sacrifices that private sector workers have had to make and the ones who pay for all of the higher benefits and wages which government workers receive.
"Space does not permit me to cite all of the examples of injustices involved with allowing unions to continue to collectively bargain. Contrary to Evans' beliefs, the union tool of collective bargaining has little to do with the common good of good of the worker.
"Unions want to force unionism in order to be able to collect more dues which they then can spend on candidates who will keep their corrupt power going. Union bosses do not wish to give workers a choice as to whether to belong to a union or not. Workers have no say about how their dues are spent or which candidates are endorsed. Workers are even punished when they choose, for the sake of the common good, to not strike or if they choose to perform above average.
"My understanding is that if Scott Walker can get the limits on collective bargaining by the unions, he would be able to implement a much better system. Teachers would be paid according to merit. In my opinion, this kind of system is by far better and really takes the common good into consideration.
"The Department of Education reports that two-thirds of eighth-graders in Wisconsin' public schools cannot read proficiently, despite the states doubling of per pupil spending over the past 10 years. Its time to move on to a better system which rewards merit rather than allow unions to provide job security and so called 'rights' for too many unfit and mediocre teachers."
I applaud Evelyn for this excellent article. Let hope Governor Dayton has the courage to eliminate one of the biggest state deficits in the U.S. As for Senators Al Franken's veiled threats, we conservatives are watching you. And God willing at the polls, replace you for good.
Chad Dickey Sr.