If there is one thing conservatives understand, it is that Unions are never satisfied until they get what they want. And when they don’t succeed in their agreement terms with their employers, they will cry threats at everything and anyone except what is really at fault. Recently, the National Association of Letter Carriers Union (NALC) released its new labor contract to its members and posted on its National Bargaining website. One of the statements NALC President Fredric Rolando made was: “This agreement rewards city carriers for these contributions and sets the stage for a major comeback for the Postal Service, provided that Congress does its part to enact real reforms that will allow us to serve the American people and the U.S. economy for decades to come.” Congress does its part to enact real reforms? Could these reforms have anything to do with raising taxes on the American people?
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Could it be that the New Agreement included lower wage scales for new career employees as well as the increase of health insurance premiums coupled with no employer matching shares with regard to the Flexible Spending Accounts? Considering the state of the Postal Service and the fact that this once great American institution is now practically broke, why in the world would the NALC want to continue giving support to an administration that keeps stabbing them in the back? Congress certainly is to blame for a lot of things; but rather than focusing on blaming Congressional leaders, the NALC (as well as Unions in general) should take a hard look at the real encompassing cause of the problems with the Postal Service. Surely, the Congress is made primarily of Republicans; but even those Republicans in Congress have no backbone and continuously capitulate to President Obama’s demands.
When FDR pushed forward the Wagner Act, which was expected to be overturned by the Supreme Court due to its unconstitutionality, it was upheld by a 5-4 vote in April of 1937. The Act was supposed to require the employers to bargain collectively with unions. Unfair labor practices were also forbidden from employers such as keeping employees from unionizing. According to Mallory Factor in his book ShadowBosses, “an unshakable alliance was formed between unions and Democrats” since the passage of the Act. The more members Unions acquire and the more money they can suck out of their members, the more money and support goes into the Liberal establishment in order to get them elected (hence passing legislation in support of these Unions.)
The interesting thing to note is that employees at the Postal Service are now going to pay more in HealthCare premiums due to heavy taxation. So while Union Members may talk about how the Union is there to save their jobs, little does the Mailman know the Postal Service will continue to grow weaker over time. In response to the NALC President’s statement, how can the Postal Service make any viable comeback when the economy itself is dwindling from the pressures of President Obama’s heavy taxation? If the NALC is so concerned for the city carriers and for the state of the Post Office, then why show such support for politicians that are now causing Postal employees to pay more in taxes for their Health insurance? Maybe the Union is only in it for the Union. Goodbye, Post Office.
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