February 24, 2011

PSSSST...YOU WORK FOR US....NOT VICE VERSA:

How unions think they're in charge (Patrick McIlheran, 2/22/11, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

If it were just about money, they say, Walker would have declared victory when unions finally said state workers would pay something toward their own retirements, as state law requires, and that they'd pay more than approximately $80 a month for top-notch health coverage. Walker's got all he needs now to balance the budget, Senate Democrats said from their hideout in Illinois, yet the governor insists that unions lose their ability to bargain over benefits.

So, ah-ha, it's about more than concessions!

Well, yes. Walker had already said as much.

If state workers pay 5.8% of their wages toward pensions and cover 12.6% of their health premiums, it saves the state about $300 million in the next budget. That budget is $3.6 billion in deficit. Obviously, Walker needs more. About 57% of the state's budget is aid to cities, counties and school districts, and Walker already has warned that he'll cut such aid significantly. He says he'll give local governments "the tools" to cope without having to slash services.

The tool is the ability to change benefits without having to bargain it, something he says could save local governments about $1.44 billion in the next budget. Yes, this is about more than money: It's about who is in charge of local budgets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2011 5:33 AM
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