Today, unions are sophisticated and effective shakedown organizations focused on extorting large amounts of cash from middle class workers with an endgame of obtaining power and influence. An objective analysis of California politics clearly reveals that union interests prevail. The Manhattan Institute reports that over the last thirty years, "75 percent of the measures that the unions opposed were defeated." The unions have effectively dissolved Lincoln's, "...government of the people, by the people, for the people..." in California.
In 1984 California was the 5th largest economy in the world but in 2012 California slipped to the 9th largest. Workers, about 225,000 per year, and employers alike are fleeing en masse to business friendly and tax friendly Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and North Dakota. Some will undoubtedly slam economic might as a worthy goal for California but the lament of that mindset is high unemployment (people's livelihoods), huge deficits and bankrupt cities like Vallejo, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes and San Bernardino.
The San Francisco Chronicle reveals a common issue with these red ink communities, "...cities that are unable to persuade public employee unions to agree to deep cuts in salaries and benefits."
If voters want to overcome California's $16 billion budget deficit and its real unemployment rate of 20.3 percent then they will have to deal unions a mortal blow. Bankruptcy seems to be the only circumstance that makes unions back down from their demands.
The amount of cash that unions extort from taxpayers is just staggering.
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