In 1962, President Kennedy signed executive order 10988, allowing the federal work force unionization, resulting in steady growth in membership of several public employees unions. AFSCME, SEIU, and NEA are examples of unions that have provided solid representation, benefits and pensions for members. (Buckeye Institute president) Matt Mayer's speech (Feb. 8 in Norwalk) on Ohio's economic dilemma scratches the surface, but doesn't touch on how the term "Law of Unintended Consequences" comes into effect as a result of some recent questionable actions by some unions.
Recently the NEA approved a $1 million donation for the upcoming Ted Kennedy Senate Institute. This proposed facility will provide research for and study of the U.S. Senate using Ted Kennedy's political career as a basis. The SEIU has also become well known recently with its support of political campaigns.
Recently Oregon approved a referendum for income tax hikes to pay for general and vital public services. What isn't readily reported is that several million advertising dollars for the winning side came from local and national public unions, for which these workers earn approximately 30 percent more than private sector workers. This tax will be paid for by all, with ultimately a higher price charged to consumers from businesses. Some companies won't survive or will relocate due to these additional costs.
California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts (all with strong public-sector unions) are all in an over-taxed fiscal panic due to loss of tax revenue and continually-rising expenditures. When a private business can't make ends meet, they either go out of business or leave the state for greener pastures. Public entities like Oregon simply raise taxes. We need to continue scrutinizing our public officials (national, state, and local) on how they are spending our tax revenues. It makes you wonder, did JFK have this in mind 48 years ago?