Public employee unions are private organizations that collect money (typically in a compulsory arrangement) to advance the interests of government employees.
If you were a union official collecting millions of dollars to improve the welfare of government employees, what would your top priorities be?
• First would be to protect your privilege of collecting money.
• Second would be to expand the number of government workers paying dues.
• Third would be to increase government worker wages and perks.
• Fourth would be to lighten government employee workloads.
• Fifth would be to ensure government employees’ job security by preventing accountability.
After spending a great deal of time around the legislature this year, Max and I have observed advocates for these priorities. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being taken from workers’ paychecks, and spent to make sure Olympia lawmakers take action to increase costs, decrease services, and reduce accountability in our government.
Frequently busses bring in color-coordinated activists representing the self-interest of government employees to clamor for the union agenda. It is rather colorful, and we thought it would be enlightening to share some pictures with you.
So who fights on behalf of citizens seeking quality government services? And who looks after the interest that all citizen have in accountability for those who are responsible for providing public services? And taxpayers seeking the best bang for the buck—who speaks for them?
The Freedom Foundation.
We are honored to be a voice of reason in the legislature this year.