Friday, July 22, 2011

Oregon- Contract talks resume today

Contract talks resume today
SEIU still at odds with state over premium payments

12:07 AM, Jul. 22, 2011
Written by Dennis Thompson Jr.
Statesman Journal

The largest Oregon state employees' union will resume contract talks with the state today, both sides still far apart but hopeful that a tentative agreement will be reached.

Service Employees International Union Local 503 is wrangling with Gov. John Kitzhaber's negotiators over pay increases and furlough days, according to the latest contract offers swapped between the two sides.

But the real make-or-break issue appears to involve health insurance. FULL STORY

Since I am in Orygun, I just had to leave a nice comment there-

And now a note from John Q. Public-

I am loath that these parasites should be getting a raise at all. And I am loath that government employees even have a union.

Now would be a great time to FIRE THEM ALL. We don't need them or WANT them.

Franklin D Roosevelt said about the idea of unionizing government employees-

"... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...

"Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable."

Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act ("Wagner Act") in 1935 - the Magna Carta of the American labor movement. It excluded federal, state and local employees.

Years ago, SEIU had a sign that said "Public Services you can Count On". I re-did that sign to read "Public Services you can DREAD".

Leonard Henderson, co-founder
American Family Rights
"Until Every Child Comes Home"©
"The Voice of America's Families"©

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