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Top ten ways to tell if you might be a member of a public-sector union

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Rod Pennington
Author, A Family Reunion

10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better.

9.) On a snow day when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean.

8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.

7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.

6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you.

5.) You think the French are working themselves to death.

4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.

3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church.

2.) You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt.

1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your healthcare insurance.

Rod Pennington’s seventh novel will be out later this year and he has also sold two screenplays. In addition he is a prolific “ghostwriter” whose work has appeared under other people’s bylines in many major publications. He would tell who and where but then he would have to kill you.

  • Richard Rider

    The nonsense about CEO’s ripping us off is right out of the union playbook. It’s intended to deflect criticism of the union members’ greedy use of the force of government to acquire what they could never earn in the free market.

    I did a bit of research on how much such “excessive” CEO compensation costs us — what percentage of an S&P 500 corporation’s product or service goes to this mythical excess compensation (salary and benefits). Ready?

    Drum roll . . . .

    0.03%

    For the mathematically challenged, that’s THREE ONE-HUNDREDTHS OF ONE PERCENT of the price of the item.

    To put that in perspective, consider this: Our San Diego County sales tax is AT LEAST 8.75%. In large part, this is to pay for the insane salary and benefits of our state and local public employees. 8.75% is over 290 times higher than the dreaded excessive CEO pay package. And that’s JUST the sales tax!

    For a complete review of my comparison of CEO pay vs. excessive public employee pay, go to:
    http://www.open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2011/02/07/excess_ceo_pay_vs_overcompensated_public_employees

    • platter

      Your argument has no logic.

      The value of a fireman’s, teacher’s, or police officer’s “product or service” cannot be so easily quantified as that of a corporation. You can say a widget costs $0.99. You cannot put a value on lives saved or enriched through public employees’ work.

      Therefore you cannot so simply correlate CEO salary with how much of our tax dollars go towards public employee salaries!