Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sham "Union Facts"-- Bad For Public's Health And Safety

My old boss, AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee, has gone after Richard Berman's sham, corporate backed, union hating, worker loathingUnion "Facts" (sic) in an article in the Huffington Post. (And he even quotes my previous piece on Berman.)

Berman's original goal was to kill the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would allow for card-check recognition of unions rather than the traditional bankrupt NLRB elections. But McEntee points out Berman's current round of attacks against public employees is targeted at states where voters are considering so-called "Taxpayer Bill of Rights," or TABOR, measures.
TABOR is Grover Norquist's latest attempt to fulfill his promise to cut government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub" by starving public services of tax dollars. TABOR puts mandatory draconian caps on public spending, making it nearly impossible to meet health and safety needs.

The measure has had a disastrous effect in Colorado, where TABOR has stifled spending on highways and programs for the elderly. And the percentage of uninsured children has nearly doubled. That's why voters suspended it when they finally had their say on the measure in 2005; the Wisconsin legislature rejected it just this year.

But the right wing brigade marches on, trying to institute TABOR in other states. And working Americans are fighting to stop them. So is it any wonder why Mr. Berman is going after public employees?

Here are the real union facts: Mr. Berman's attacks on public employees only serve to weaken our public health and safety. We won't let him do it.
You can check our the real facts in this critical analysis of one of the ads. If you live in Nevada, Montana, Oregon or Michigan, watch out.