Terrible Idea of the Day: Public-Safety Unions

This is messed up on so many levels.

The Senate is moving closer to passing legislation that would require states to grant public-safety employees, including police, firefighters and emergency medical workers, the right to collectively bargain over hours and wages.

The bill, known as the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, would mainly affect about 20 states that don’t grant collective-bargaining rights statewide for public-safety workers or that prohibit such bargaining. State and municipal associations, as well as business groups, oppose it, saying it will lead to higher labor costs and taxes, at a time of budget deficits.

Ignoring the obvious conclusion that this is a thinly-veiled attempt by the Senate to boost their level of support from public safety workers, did they even think of the fucking ramifications of this bill?

Any government-employee unionization is misguided enough. But firemen? Policemen? EMTs?

What exactly is supposed to happen when firemen go on strike? Is the National Guard in the business of putting out flaming orphanages?

At best, this is only going to make these public services much more expensive, and thus harder to maintain without making cuts or increasing taxes.

And even if unionizing the police force were a good idea, shouldn’t that be up to state or local governments to legislate? What gives the federal government the right to interfere?

Why doesn’t the Senate just come and piss in my mouth, already?

(That is, by the way, a joke. I don’t want Tom Coburn to pee in my mouth)

(via Jeffrey Miron)

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