What Would You Private-Sector Workers Do?
Jessica Knapp’s astonishing comment deserves a bit more attention:
As pointed out in the Providence Journal on Saturday, the talks between the governor’s people and union reps were not official negotiations. To claim that they were is a blatant lie. Instead of taking the proper, legal channels, King Don has issued another “executive order.” Utterly useless.
I’ll never understand people who put all their faith in one profit-rabid CEO like Don and not in the hardworking folks of RI. 4,000 people just like you voted against this contract, in the best interest of their families and their state.What would you do if your employer demanded that you pay more of your health care premium? What will you do when men like Don win, and union members lose, and your employer demands the same of you? How much more do these people have to give up, and how much time do you have before the same is asked of you?
What’s astonishing is that Ms. Knapp is apparently unaware that public-sector unions are hardly the leading edge in having to compromise with their employment packages, but she is apparently unaware that her opposition on the issue points it out repeatedly. On top of that, the ignorance of the disparity between public-sector union employment and private-sector employment is galling. What would I do were an employer to limit the amount of my raise and require increased contributions to healthcare coverage? Many in the private sector would rephrase the question as “what have I done when.”
Moreover, the casting script of the unionists exemplifies their detrimental reliance on a divisive storyline. The few times that I’ve heard similar tales, whether with small construction contractors or large IT-related corporations, management was sincerely seeking to balance the health of the organization with the well-being of employees.