Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll on Unions

A WSJ/NBC poll found 62 percent of respondents found it "totally unacceptable" to take collective bargaining away from public sector unions. 77 percent of respondents support public sector unions having the same rights as their private union counterparts.

Respondents would like public union members to pay more into their health care and retirement benefits. That is something unions will haggle over. Ultimately, there will be some give with public sector unions.

The whole point of collective bargaining is to bargain. What Scott Walker is proposing is to not even allow public sector workers to come to the table. That means governors like Walker could layoff employees or eliminate benefits without notice. The truth is public sector workers make less than private sector counterparts doing the same job. Walker and other Republicans are living in a fantasy world be suggesting public sector workers are super rich. Ask your postal worker how many yachts he has and see if he doesn't look at you like you are insane.

The Reason Foundation released a study claiming public sector workers are paid more than the private sector. The Reason Foundation is funded by Board of Trustees member David Koch. Gov. Walker made national news by being punked by a bogus Koch. The New York Times reported Koch is funding Gov. Walker's effort to abolish collective bargaining. The Reason Foundation can hardly be considered an unbiased third party.

1,000 people were surveyed for the poll. There is a 3.1 percent margin of error.

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At March 02, 2011 6:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BS, the poll done by Newsmax showed 88 % of those polled agreed with the Wisconsin Governor and thought the overblown power should be taken away from public employee unions. Depends on who you ask and how you ask it doesnt' it. Those of average or above intelligence learned not to buy poll
BS a long time ago! That is akin to believing a politician

At March 02, 2011 6:35 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

"BS a long time ago! That is akin to believing a politician"

You are actually citing a Newsmax poll. This is the same conservative media outlet that said George W. Bush won the popular vote in 2000


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