Federal, state or even local governments cannot be driven out of business. They gain their revenue forcibly through taxes. As a result, there is no market limit to how much such unions can pirate from the public.
Governments are funded by taxes ergo public sector unions are funded by taxes? More lies today. This time from our smug looking friend Peter Ferrara, former Reagan and Elder Bush collaborator. I won’t spend much time on this since it’s fairly clear his claim is duplicitous, even to the labor-layperson such as myself.
While it’s true that governments do gain their revenue via taxation, that revenue is at zero risk of being pirated or pilfered by public sector unions. I can’t even begin to grasp where M. Ferrara could draw such conclusions, beings that he’s a highly credible economic policy expert who “write[s] about
new, cutting edge ideas regarding public policy, particularly concerning economics old, mis-leading, and divisive pro-business talking points intended to diminish organized labor’s power and drive up executive and shareholder [read 1%er] profits”.
Public-sector unions obtain funding the same way private-sector unions – whose rights to collective bargaining, Ferrara asserts, “are not at issue in Wisconsin” – do: they collect member dues. Unless we count the wallets of private citizens who make a living working at government jobs as public coffers, there’s no bilking going on here at all.
The media discourse over supposedly corrupt, deleterious public sector unions is fraught with irony, as highlighted in this excellent piece excerpted below: