Union Bosses

This letter was in yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News:

The power of big unions

Thanks for insightful reporting into abuses of the California prison guard union. For all those who bemoan the corruption of “big business,” let’s remember there is just as much corruption in “big union.” For every Enron, there is a California prison guard union. For every Republican in the pocket of some capitalist fat cat, there’s a Democrat beholden to a union boss.

I sent a letter in response:

Editors,

Scott Abramson complains (Saturday, July 3) about “big union” corruption. He writes, “For every Republican in the pocket of some capitalist fat cat, there’s a Democrat beholden to a union boss.”

Let me explain the difference. The result of Republican politicians being in the pocket of corporate fat cats has been that working people LOSE their pensions and health care. The results of Democrat politicians being beholden to unions has been that millions of people GET pensions, and health care, and raises, and weekends, and overtime pay, and vacations, etc.

Sincerely,

Dave Johnson

Let’s hope they publish my letter.