Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Should Government Employees have Unions and Collective Bargaining Rights?

I realize that this is only one incident. This air traffic controller was 'suspended'. I have to wonder, if he was in the private sector rather than having the protection of a strong union, would he have been FIRED INSTEAD?

In a sort of related story, Jim DeMint had this to say about federal employee unions:
In a recent interview with ThinkProgress, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said he'd like to see collective bargaining eliminated for all government employees. Currently, most federal workers can bargain over some workforce issues. Airport screeners at the Transportation Security Administration, one of the most notable exceptions, recently were granted limited bargaining privileges.

The full story is HERE.


larry said...

I'm with DeMint on this, Government jobs are no place for unions.

Also, that air controller should have been fired. NO EXCUSE accepted.

Anonymous said...

Romney & DeMint in 2012!


Ann said...


I'm not sure where I stand on this.

I guess as long as they have the same protections under the law in courts as private sector jobs do, I guess that the unions could be eliminated.

A better question would be, Why are they needed?

ConMan said...

The controller should have been fired.

DeMint is correct.

There is no need of collective bargaining in govt jobs.

During tough times, the govt needs the ability to cut costs and jobs where they see fit without worrying about shuffling people in and out of positions they may be unfamiliar with, just because they've been around longer.