Look, I have no problems with unions. My father belonged to the Carpenters Union for decades and my mother always said that my sister and I would never have been able to go to the schools we did were it not for the union. But public employee unions have become so intransigent and refuse to make any sort of compromise, even in these tough fiscal times that even their closest allies (i.e. Democrats) are making changes, AFL-CIO be damned.
Last night the Massachusetts House voted 111-42 to strip public unions from their right to bargain on health care. As a compromise, the bill does allow the unions to discuss changes within 30 days of a proposed change.
Robert Haynes, the president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO warned Democrats:
“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’
Translation? We own you and you will pay.
Another reason to vote Republican in 2012.