Unions must share the pain of the public financial crisis

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Bankruptcy and public pensions" (Forum, Dec. 8): This opinion piece states it is the unions’ role to get all they can, and it is the politicians’ job not to overspend. It states it is morally wrong for the union workers to share in the pain of a bankruptcy. I am confident that in Detroit and most other government entities the elected officials are in office because their campaigns were primarily funded by unions. The unions cannot deny their actions have deliberately made the government officials beholden to them. Nor can they deny a shared responsibility when the subservient politicians succumb as unions ask for and receive benefits they both know are unsustainable. Both sides share responsibility for what has transpired. To suggest that it is morally wrong for the unions to share in the pain of what they were instrumental in bringing about is, in itself, morally wrong.

-- Ronald Lawrence, El Dorado Hills

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