August 14, 2008

Public Sector Unions Begin Full Court Press

On the way into work this morning, I heard it and thought, "okay, here we go." Once I got into work, I read it in the Buffalo News. What is it? "It" is the massive media blitz launched by public sector unions across New York to put political pressure on elected officials who support Gov. David Paterson's proposed budget cuts and those who last week supported the property tax cap.

The radio ad was from SEIU 1199, the second most powerful public sector union comprised of health care workers. The ad had a voice-over from a senior and went on to say that she never thought the state would try to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, hospitals and nursing homes. Well cry me a freakin' river.

The newspaper story details how the most powerful public sector union in the state, NYSUT, is withholding support from more than three dozen state senators who last week backed legislation to hold the line on annual property tax increases. Can there be any more of a slap in the face to the taxpayers? Let me repeat that in case it wasn't emphasized enough: NYSUT is withholding support from more than three dozen state senators who last week backed legislation to hold the line on annual property tax increases.

The union's president, Richard Iannuzzi, said "This is really a moral issue". A moral issue? Are you freakin serious? And do you think the public is that stupid? The public sector unions are doing what they're doing for the children, for the seniors, for the disabled, for the indigent, for sick, for the poor...blah, blah, blah, blah. You're doing it because you're greedy scumbags who have no concept of the plight of the people of this state.

Stick your threats up your arse. Kudos to any state legislators who stand up to these goons.

19 comments:

DS said...

I want the list of politicals that the teachers are now refusing to support. That alone makes them get my vote.

I don't get the healthcare thing either. The buyers of healthcare are bitching that it costs too much, but the suppliers of healthcare are bitching that they are poor. So, costs are skyrocketing, but nobody's making any money? Odd.

Anonymous said...

This is what Kevin Gaughan should be talking about. Who could possibly OPPOSE a tax cap for the weary New York taxpayers? Teachers! Let that sink in for a minute.

Hobbes, get a list of every local politician who opposes a tax cap and print it please.

I am very pleased that some of our local guys had the backbone to support the tax cap. At least some of our local elected officials have the backbone to stand up to the teachers' union. Lifetime health insurance, six-figure pensions for administrators- of course the union opposes a tax cap!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd be interested to see who they are and their party. Teachers are usually so gung-ho Democratic, without even looking at what the candidates support or don't support...

Anonymous said...

I would love to see the count of how many posters on this site work in the private sector. This site is a joke, all the fat cats worried about someone getting more than them.

Anonymous said...

Yeah we should all quit unions because they are obsolete. Our employers will gladly work out a nice deal with us. Employers are not like they used to be they really don’t care all that much about profits as much as they do having a happy workforce. Where can I get a bag of the stuff these guys are smoking ? Better yet, Blackwater, Halliburton and KBR are all solid non-union outfits maybe we can go work for them, they seem to take real good care of their people.

Anonymous said...

This is not about private sector unions, jackass. Our property taxes don't pay workers at Delphi, they pay teachers and administrators and healthcare workers.

The anger directed toward public employee unions is coming from anger about taxes. People are smart enough to know where their tax dollars are going.

If you think that public employee compensation should remain unchanged, then start a movement to to spread the message that our property taxes are not too high. If people continue to say that taxes are too high, then eventually the light ends up on those things that drive our taxes.

td said...

Votes on the property tax cap:

Yes: All Senate Republicans, Aubertine, Smith, Johnson, Klein, Valesky, Sabini, Stachowski

No: Adams, Breslin, Connor, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gonzalez, Hassell-Thompson, Huntley, L. Krueger, Montgomery, Onorato, Parker, Perkins, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins and Thompson.

Absent: Oppenheimer, Kruger, Schneiderman

Anonymous said...

Whoever mentioned Sherwood just inadvertantly distinguished public and private sector unions. The employees at Sherwood are in the middle of contract negotiations which I read in the Buffalo News are not going well. In the private sector, the employer has the option of moving or closing. This option does not exist in the public sector.

Anonymous said...

NYSUT is a joke. They protect corrupt and incompetent teachers but are going to black ball lawmakers looking out for taxpayers. Everyone knows that this is all about money. The Union wants to protect its money base by not having a cap. The cap prohibits the Union from sucking the taxpayers dry.

Have you noticed that when a school budget fails to be adopted the first thing to get cut is sports,music and art. Why not let teachers and administrative salaries be cut? I thought the purpose of school was to provide an education, that includes the extras. Get rid of the dead weight teachers and do away with tenure. If you are a terrible teacher the administration needs to have the flexibility to fire them. NYSUT doesn’t care about the taxpayers is just a money grab. When NYSUT and Shelly Silver get together and agree on something you can bet upstate taxpayers will get it in the end.

Teachers maybe property owners as well but any pay raise they get will most certainly be greater than any tax increase. So that argument is pretty lame.

Anonymous said...

NYSUT has 600,000 members and a $7.2 million PAC, hardly a joke. More like a political force to be reckoned with, one that can sway the outcome of a close election.

Anonymous said...

Anon said, "Get rid of the dead weight teachers and do away with tenure. If you are a terrible teacher the administration needs to have the flexibility to fire them."

I'm a teacher and I agree with this! I'm also a mother whose children have had not-so-good teachers!

upstate guy said...

It gets even better. Sheldon Silver and the Democratic Majority of the Assembly (including Francine Delmonte) are refusing to even let it get to a vote in the Assembly. Isn't it time our representatives started looking out for the majority of the citizens not just special interest groups.

It's time for a change. Throw the bastards out.

Anonymous said...

Teacher unions are a joke - they are an unnecessary drain on our educational infrastructure.

These tier I retirements packages are just pissing folks off - $200K a year give me a break.

Since when did folks start to believe that teachers should draw 6 figure incomes.

Plenty of us work within the private sector without any help from the unions and we are doing just fine. “The man” does not force us in to work in sweat shop "like" conditions. And we have retirement plans and live in nice neighborhoods.

The unions should go to where the need is – China, Korea or anywhere my “white collar” shirt was woven. That’s where they will be doing the most good. And if they are successful (hope so), our standard “standard of living” be preserved.

Unfortunately, this will not be the case, because it’s part of the educational system's DNA. The whole system will need to collapse (like Delphi) before any reform will possible.

See you at the bottom

Anonymous said...

Anon says, "Since when did folks start to believe that teachers should draw 6 figure incomes."

Why the hell not? How important do you think teachers' jobs are? Do you have ANY idea what they're doing?
How about salaries based on performance?? Would that make you happy? Do you have kids? What kind of education do you want them to have? What do you want them to be prepared for? Do you want their jobs given away to someone in another country who is better educated and better trained? Jeesh - people don't have a clue of what is going on in classrooms today; or should be going on in ALL classrooms today!

Anonymous said...

Stand up to the unions and do what is in the best interest of all citizens, not just a over-rated voting block.

Anonymous said...

600,000 members? maybe 10% even vote

DS said...

Anon-"I would love to see the count of how many posters on this site work in the private sector. This site is a joke, all the fat cats worried about someone getting more than them."

I work in the private sector, what of it? I also rely on myself, and the skills that I can bring to a company to keep my job, and to get paid accordingly.

Public sector, not so much.

Anonymous said...

Annon "Why the hell not? How important do you think teachers' jobs are? Do you have ANY idea what they're doing?"

If you truly believe this - work for a private school where the taxpayer is not on the hook for you.

And I don't know what world you are leaving - but if your peers have the same attitude; I can see why we have this serious problem in public education.

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