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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 01:35 PM
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18. Exactly so and that is a real problem
There are less and less jobs around in the private sector that involve unions. They are still there, but a much diminished part of the MA workforce.

It is hoped that the costs savings will not be borne just on the backs of union members, public or private sector. However, there also has to be some honest negotiations on health care costs. I am in favor of opening up the books so that each side can see what the other is talking about in terms of costs.

My brother is a police officer. He is upset about the loss of the Quinn bill perks that were negotiated by unions. Many towns are doing layoffs of vital personnel because of lack of funds. There is a point where some municipalities are seeking concessions on fees and costs so that personnel can be saved. Some union response has been that layoffs are preferable to disturbing or negotiating costs. This also cannot continue and it makes a negative argument for the voters, who might otherwise be held as sympathetic to the union cause.
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