California Blues
Golden State Grapples With Labor Unions
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  • TommyTwo

    If you ask people if they think the constitution should be changed in order to allow rich speculators to benefit at the expense of retired public servants, who in their old age will be cheated of the hard-earned pensions they’re dependent on, you indeed will not find overwhelming support. If on the other hand you ask people if they’re willing to suffer drastically reduced services, skyrocketing taxes, and reduced pensions of their own… “Framing,” I believe it’s called.

  • It’s hard to imagine, but many people don’t even know that government unions exist. The organizations involved are careful to never describe themselves as “unions”, and if they’re referred to in (their own) ads, they just say “Teachers, firefighters, and nurses all say X is evil or Y is wonderful”.

    Never is it pointed out that the groups doing this are government employee unions.

    It’s a bit more apparent with BART unions in that newspapers actually refer to these groups as “unions” – and when they strike, the monstrous level of benefits for semi-skilled work is covered. In this case, the fact that a reporter makes about half the salary of a BART station attendent is annoying enough for them to cover these facts. The BART strikes, which actually affected the SF bicycle hipster set, made this sort of thing painfully visible for the first time.

  • free_agent

    The crucial question, it seems to me, is whether California drives itself to the point of being uncompetitive in attracting and holding people (and businesses). Will it become a giant West Virginia? But I suppose West Virginia has been uncompetitive for decades and it hasn’t caused any fundamental changes there. And for that matter, a state like Massachusetts can be uncompetitive along many dimensions, and yet hobble along for generations if it is attractive to enough high-paid elite workers. As a destination for mass immigration, it looks like Texas has taken over from California.

    • TommyTwo

      “As a destination for mass immigration, it looks like Texas has taken over from California.”

      Until the “do-gooders” reach critical mass and transform it into yet another utopia. At which point they will leave the mire you’ve described behind and migrate to new pastures.

      Cheerful, ain’t I?

      (Bonus question: Given our shrinking/flattening/accelerating world, can we count on new pastures arising or recovering faster than the existing ones are exploited?)

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