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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Public employee unions rule--or do they?

Michael Barone talks about public employee unions:

The big increase in public employee union membership started in the 1960s. I remember reading then a critical account of that trend, I believe by the eminent (then and now) political scientist James Q. Wilson. If public employee union members, the account argued, can elect their managements, then the adversarial relationship assumed between labor and management will no longer obtain—and the union members, with an open line to the taxpayers, will make out like banditti. I wanted to believe this was not so, at the time, and tried to make all kinds of arguments against it—but never really succeeded. Now we see the consequences, for the taxpayers and ultimately for the voters.
You definately want to read the rest.


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