minz, that Port of Portland thing is nuts. i never would have believed that they would fight over something so stupid, or that something so stupid would even be a union issue! to be honest, i'd like to see them all out of work just for being dumb.
luvin, your gov has gone after public sector unions. thank god someone has had the nuts to start going after them. other states, many democrat, are doing the same.
a private sector union, when it bargains for what it wants, bargains against the company. the union pretty much knows the bottom line and what they can and can't reasonably expect to get.
when a public sector union bargains, they bargain against the tax payer. the union considers the tax payer a bottomless well. after all, people can always be taxed just a little more. the benefits and legacy costs are the reason that most states in trouble, are in trouble. my state, deep blue as it is, is trying to do something with our public sector unions also. they are breaking the budget. so far, we are lucky that we are not in the kind of shape as some other states, but it wouldn't take much.
CA- one of the major problems in their budget, along with welfare in all it's iterations, is the public sector unions. it's not just the states, but individual counties, cities, etc.
i would put a link to FDRs letter on public unions, but you don't do links so.....
the Ding Dong thing breaks my heart.