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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Who ya gonna call?

It's been widely reported that Massachusetts public employee unions are unhappy with Deval Patrick because of his support for civilian flaggers, efforts to rein in the Quinn Bill and to bring some sanity to the municipal employee benefit system.

Somehow I don't think Charlie Baker is going to answer their prayers.

The problem with the benefits system is real and isn't going to go away. While unions are correct that they bargained for them in good faith, their obstinacy in refusing to give anything back is generating a backlash that will eventually swamp them under waves of a ballot question.

Right now, the only thing standing in the way of that movement is the fact the Legislature is not about to force changes on unions in an election year.

Union leaders face the pay me now or pay me later conundrum. Anyone who sits in the Corner Office next year, even the suddenly silent Tim Cahill, is going to go after them. They can temper their demands and achieve a fair deal for themselves and taxpayers now.

Or they can see unilateral action -- not in their members' best interests -- after a ballot question passes in 2012.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be true that a Governor Baker would be unlikely to take their calls, but there's no accounting for the choices annoyed voters make. Senator Brown anyone? Voters bought into his schtick, regardless of the fact that most of his identifiable positions were anti Democratic. They voted their emotions rather than their interests.

March 27, 2010 1:06 PM  
Blogger Quriltai said...

This is what Deval's counting on...the idea that as much as he craps on unions, he still does a little bit less than a Republican does.

Then again, union voters could just stay home. As for a ballot question (saying what?), question one showed how ballot questions go when unions organize on them.

March 27, 2010 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The state worker unions with their demands and legislators(management) agreements are driving government into the ground, much like the unions in Detroit drove the American car industry into the ground with their pays/benefits. Detroit went bankrupt and Washington bailed them out, will they bail out Beacon Hill?

March 29, 2010 5:11 AM  

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