Friday, December 21, 2012
Taxpayers are forking out $4.8 million for 35 union officials at the Department of Transportation. But the beneficiary here isn’t the taxpayer, it’s President Obama, who is raking campaign cash from these unions.
According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Americans for Limited Government, 35 officials, representing mostly air traffic controllers’ unions, are members of the $100,000 club among federal employees.
Unlike the average American, or even average DOT employee, these union officials draw an average $138,000 in salary and benefits from the federal government, not to give something of value to the taxpayers, but to work exclusively for their unions — the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), the AFL-CIO-affiliated Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (Pass) and two others.
Eight make more than $170,000. The lowest-paid gets $80,000. That means taxpayers are actually paying for union efforts to shake down taxpayers for ever higher salaries and benefits for government workers.
Average controller compensation for the 20,000 or so federal air traffic controllers totaled $166,000 in 2006 and has been forecast to rise towards $200,000 in the next five years, according to a study by the Heritage Foundation.
By contrast, the average American makes $50,000 and the average DOT employee makes $70,000.
I truly do not believe the unions have any business being in the White House. It is all political powering, and does not serve the people it supposedly represents.
There was a time when Presidents stayed out of union business, unless strikes crippled (or threatened to cripple) the entire country.
There was a time when Presidents were interested in the entire country, not a select few who would love to see us go Socialist.
Before Socialism is chosen, one should study that type of government very carefully, and look at the countries who have it.
Are their people free? Free enough to live where and how they want? Are they free to choose their own careers? What is the crime rate in Socialist countries? Do Socialist countries even HAVE a "middle class"? Are Socialist countries REALLY give the people an even playing ground?
Only if that playing ground is either on the mountain top where the select few are richer than any king or prince, and the rest of the people live in hovels, scraping out whatever they can just to stay alive.
There was a time when unions were indeed very necessary, and a good thing for our country. That time has passed.
We now have employment laws on the books, as well as workplace laws which give safety a primary concern for its workers. There are maternity time off and child care laws on the books.
Employers can no longer work the people like Scrooge did to the nice Mr. Crockett.
Employees earned their raises based upon their work performance and time on the job. That can still happen, and indeed does in many companies.
We ought not to be so restricted and "lawed" that we can not terminate employees who are dangerous or harmful to others on the job. We shold be able to fire those teachers who sexually abuse children, or where entire classes of children do not even learn to read. We should get rid of those teachers who practise politics in the class room while not teaching our children the Constitution or American History.
Union bosses are now thugs, getting rich off the people they are supposed to represent, and inciting riots instead of talks. The union collects big payments from its very people, but then turns around and donates that money to political election hopefuls. This is not what the people pay their dues for.
Better they should bank their dues and gain interest on their hard earned money than to give it to so-called "LEADERS" who grow rich off the backs of the workers.
Before you blast back at me in anger, research the above. You can begin with going to Investors Business Daily reports, which is not allied with any political agenda. Employment laws are easy to find on the internet. You can even find them under individual states.
After you have done your research, ask yourself this question: "How well does this really work for ME"?