Thingish Things

Historic Union Loss in NY

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 31•11

The back of the public service unions has been broken.  New York just made it official.

While most of the country watched the goings on in Wisconsin and Ohio, the public service unions were throwing everything they had at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, and the New York State Legislature, which, historically, buckles under union pressure.

Not this time.  This time the governor and the State Senate held firm.  They did not budge on taxes and they did not budge on spending cuts.

No one is buying the union scare tactics anymore.  Neither are they buying the intimidation methods.  The reason is that the public stands squarely behind those working to save our states from insolvency.  Even when that means making the tough calls. Joe Citizen gets it.

States do not have a revenue problem.  They have a spending problem – and pension solvency problems.  All the placards, chants, slogans, telephone calls, television ads, radio spots, billboards, emails, and pizzas delivered to protesters at state capitols in the night mean nothing in the face of that new reality.

It may take time to roll back the unsustainable benefits handed public service unions employees over the years.  But 2011 is the year the when public unions lost their forward  momentum. The rebuke of public service union pressure in Wisconsin was crippling.  Losing in New York may be the coup de grâce.


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  1. Me says:

    Again with the French!

  2. Bill says:

    I don’t know what’s wrong with me! I don’t speak a lick of it. But they seem to have all these great expressions.

  3. Your Friend says:

    Wait, you’re still calling that thing in Wisconsin a crippling rebuke? A court restraining order in place is called a big victory where I come from.

  4. That court order is fleeting. Even if it stands, the Democrats have to come back into the state. And it won’t stand. Oh, my sister Ann loves you.

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