The Wisconsin Government Union Employees are nothing by whining crybabies! Who wouldn't want to work somewhere that bore 100% of the burden of your pension? Who wouldn't want to work somewhere that bore 100% of the burden of your health insurance? Whose bright idea was it to give public sector employees the same negotiation rights of private sector unions? The Governor wants his employees to contribute a whopping 5.8% toward their retirement, and 12.5% toward their health insurance premiums. Governor Walker wants the State Employees to have the same limitations on pay negotiations that the Federal Employees have, and why not? What the Governor is trying to do is cut the State Government workers benefits to the point where they are still better than those of Federal workers, not to mention being better than every private sector employee in his state!
Federal Employees cannot strike. Federal Employee Unions do not have the right to negotiate salaries. Federal Employees yearly pay raises are limited by law to the calculated Cost of Living Allowance or COLA at a maximum which is based upon the inflation rate, but is regularly cut by Congress to either zero or a smaller percentage. Federal Employees are required to pay 7% of their salary toward their retirement, it is automatically deducted from their paychecks. Federal Employees may contribute to the Thrift Savings Program, their equivalent of a 401k, but their contributions are limited to 10% of their salary. The Federal Government will match 100% of their contributions, up to 3% of their salary, and 50% of their contributions over 3% and up to 5% of their salary. Federal employees are required to pay AT LEAST 25% of the cost of their health insurance premiums. The maximum Federal employee salary, who is not in the Senior Executive Service, is limited to 89% of the lowest Congresspersons pay. The maximum pay for a Federal employee in the Senior Executive Service is just under the lowest Congresspersons pay. Federal Employees are allowed to unionize, but the only benefit they derive from said membership is getting legal representation, should they need it, for free and 99.5% of Federal Employees never need it. Federal management is still required to follow all labor laws and comply with OSHA regulations. The only times I needed representation while I was a Federal Employee they union refused to represent me because I was not a member. I represented myself and won my cases. So I ask again "Whose bright idea was it to allow public sector employees to unionize"?
In Wisconsin, only 37% of public sector employees are members of the union. Of that number over 90% are registered Democrats. It is obvious from the images on television that the Wisconsin public sector employees are nothing more than whiny brats! Unionizing has done nothing to make them better employees.