N.J. can't afford union wages
In New Jersey, as in many other places, government-employee unions have the taxpayers by the short hairs. In a very rare move, a Democrat has called them on their greed:
Democratic State Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney, a major union leader from Gloucester County, shocked state employee unions yesterday by calling on their members to take a 15 percent cut in salaries and benefits.Environmental Republican says the government union -- Communications Workers of America (CWA) -- was "about to be exposed as scammers":
Sweeney's proposal threw a bomb into talks over a $30.9 billion New Jersey budget full of unpopular taxes but championed by the unions because it would spare them painful cuts.
"New Jersey has a government that we can't afford any longer," said Sweeney, a powerful Iron Workers business agent, who held a Statehouse news conference with a fellow Gloucester County Democrat, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, and a Union County Democrat, Assemblyman Jerry Green.
The CWA has mounted a campaign in support of Gov. Corzine's budget, including a rally scheduled for June 19.So, the governor of New Jersey is almost literally in bed with the government-employee unions who are squeezing state taxpayers for more loot. Well, at least Corzine isn't involved with the, er, trucking industry.
Further complicating the matter is that Carla Katz, president of CWA Local 1034, is Corzine's former girlfriend, and he made headlines for forgiving a $470,000 mortgage to her. Both have said their former relationship would not affect contract talks.
Chapter 4 of DONKEY CONS is devoted to how Democrats are dominated (and corrupted) by union influence, while the problem of government employee unions -- a conspiracy against the taxpayer -- is addressed extensively in Chapter 8.
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