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How Cuomo jousts with the unions

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It was a rough week for public-employee unions in Wisconsin, what with anti-union Gov. Scott Walker surviving an attempt to recall him from office, and also in California, where San Jose voters approved the trimming of public employee benefits and San Diego voters chose to put new hires in a 401(k) retirement rather an old-style guaranteed public pension. Here in New York the picture is more mixed, with our own Gov. Andrew Cuomo having gained ...

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June 11, 2012
9:51 a.m.

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Carl - Great column.

The general public holds public employee unions' apparent greed in contempt because taxpayers fund the most part of their salaries and benefits. The generous pensions are what are breaking the back of taxpayers.

Trade unions are not funded by the taxpayers, so they don't share the same contempt. For them, collective bargaining is justified. Their benefits are not decided by heavily-lobbied legislators, like the public unions.

The public unions need to wake up and look around to see that the financial situation of their neighbors is not so good. They can't rightly continue demanding more when municipalities are raising taxes, yet cutting services.