Union Holds City Hostage; Whiners Threaten To Shut Off Crapper Unless Their Demands Are Met!

Posted on October 4, 2012

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Michigan (The Gaslamp Post) – It’s called a ‘no-brainer’; when your costs exceed what you’re taking in, you must cut back on something.  I get it, you guys get it.

Believe it or not, there are some out there who think that if you have a big enough credit card, you can borrow into infinity and be just fine, because you can just pay it all off once things get better.  Do you know someone like that?

What happens when a body of government does it?  Forget the Fed for a moment and let’s look at something much, much smaller.  For months I’ve been trying to explain to the American people what is going to happen if we keep spending recklessly, by using a real life example.  In this case, Detroit, Michigan.

As we watch cities all over the U.S. implode due to mismanagement and in some cases, outright corruption and graft straight from public coffers, this one city routinely shows us what happens when people do not realize the mess they’ve made for themselves.

An interesting scenario has been played out in Detroit in recent days, as the city’s Water and Sewage Department workers decided to go on strike.  Did I mention that those particular public sector workers are unionized?

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 207, is upset with the city’s latest cost cutting measure.

As it stands now, the fiscal health in Detroit is so bad, that the state of Michigan has been on the verge of literally taking the city over.  For this reason, the city council has had to trim and cut and in some cases shut things down altogether.

The city has now planned to cut back on it’s public sector workforce in the Water and Sewage Department, and instead go with a less costly, private contractor.  The move obviously has the union up in arms.

So what do you do when the threat of losing your job due to economic reasons looms?  Do you work harder or improve the quality and efficiency of your output?

Not if you’re in a union.  Nope, their answer to them losing their jobs, and having NO work, is to stop working altogether.  They’ve decided to strike.

The city’s plan was to eliminate 81% of their public sector workers in the department and then cut the remaining worker’s salaries by 10%.  Obviously not the most favorable approach from the standpoint of the union workers, but it was bound to happen eventually.

With both people and businesses leaving Detroit, the tax revenues diminished.  In order to cover their costs, the city had to raise taxes, but all that did was either make more people leave, or discourage working in favor of collecting a government handout.  Did I say before, a “no-brainer”?

When the credit card runs out and you have no more money coming in, in order to cover your costs, things have to get cut.  Sorry folks, I wish I had a better story for you.

This is not the first thing that the city has had to cut, and I can guarantee you that it won’t be the last.  Around this time last year, the city owed an estimated $58 million to DTE Energy in back electricity bills.  Since the company could no longer afford to provide electricity to the city on credit, they simply cut them off.

Public Works employees came in and ripped up street lights, basically leaving many neighborhoods in the dark.  When the streetlights go, it’s pretty much permanent.  Someone is going to have to pay to put them back in, and at this point, how likely is that?

Also a noteworthy development was the decision to cut back on emergency services.  With a vast many foreclosed homes and buildings sitting empty, unless a building was known to be inhabited, the fire department will just let it burn.

Guess how much police protection the citizens can count on?  The other day I featured a story about a man whose business has all but been hijacked by a gang of teenagers, and the police won’t seem to do a darn thing about it.

Even still, these union workers don’t want to hear it…  They decided to hold the city hostage with their work stoppage.  In fact, they have demands of their own that they want to see met before they will agree to return to work.

One of them was the obvious; forget about laying off any employees.  They want a restriction on the city’s ability to outsource their jobs.  The second, get this – they want a $6.00 / hour raise across the board.

What planet did these clowns wake up on?

The city is collapsing around them, businesses have either gone belly up or left, people have lost their homes and have gone, citizens are fleeing the city because of the crime.

What part of, there is no more money do these guys not get?

U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox

A FEDERAL JUDGE had even told them to return to work.  On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox ordered the striking workers to return to their positions.  Still, the workers refused, risking jail for willfully acting in contempt of this judge’s order.

Even their union president, who told them that what they were doing was illegal, told them to go back to their posts.  Al Garret, president of AFSCME council 25 had warned the striking workers that they could legally be fired over their actions.  On Monday, witnesses said that striking workers showed up to his office and shouted down his staff.

As of Wednesday, roughly 80% of them had reportedly returned, but the strike, according to local 207’s president, John Reihl, stated that the strike is not over and will continue.

Yeah, good luck with that.

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