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By JGillman, Section News
I wrote about coercion the other day. In fact, I argue the contracts that are a part of the public employee arrangement are the result of coercive measures; that they are in fact "coercive contracts." That they are as such, non binding.
And covering only the contracts themselves, one could argue the illegitimate role that labor provides, when discussing compensation and bargaining with public entities. The monopolistic nature of Michigan's public sector employment pool negates any entrepreneurial efforts towards excellence that might develop, and the state's tax payers are hardly served in any constructive or positive manner. In other words, a free market for those positions residing outside the labor influenced sphere would create great opportunities.
Perhaps that is what labor fears. So much so, that it has now returned to its base form of thinly veiled threats of violence and extortive measures on the private entities that actually pay the bills. People OUTSIDE government now facing the very same violent animal attitude of organized labor types. Not yet here, but very, very, close.
It seems for the time being folks, we have ALL become Wisconsinites.
To the gutter we go.. (below)
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By JGillman, Section News
An amazing thing happens when someone is promised one thing based on a particular constituency occupying the government. When unions sell their worth to the membership, they sell it in the way that God might breathe life into our bodies; as a right that no man shall abridge. They work hard to procure contracts that both 'guarantee' wages, and protect a particular lifestyle, in a way that is permanent. We've all heard the living wage argument and claims that unions built the middle class.
Now don't get me wrong. I am a firm believer in contracts. I ARE A RULE OF LAW GUY.
If a contract is created between parties, those parties ought to be bound to the terms of the contract.
Makes sense right? As an example, if I voluntarily agree to terms that bind me to a particular end (like paying on a phone contract), in exchange for something else (the use of the phone service at a particular rate), then I should be held to account for the terms of the contract agreed upon. If a termination of the contract results in one of the parties violating their obligation, then they should be held to the punitive measures agreed upon when entering the contract.
Yes, I believe in contract. Morality is best served through the honoring of established agreements.
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