Kentucky has no check and balance on union influence. Kentucky elected officials ask: “Captain, may I?’ before upsetting powerful union bosses.
Kentucky unions excel at telling legislators and public servants “NO” on needed reforms in trying times. Examples:
- No education funding awarded to Kentucky in the Race to the Top competition because of the fight over charter schools.
- No school choice legislation.
- No eliminating prevailing-wage mandates that neuter competition for state projects by dictating union wages and classifications.
- No right-to-work legislation giving workers a choice on whether to pay union dues or not.
- No needed reforms of underfunded — and unsustainable — public-sector pensions and benefits.
Kentucky is not alone.
It is no secret that unions work hard with members’ dues to elect legislators, school board members and taxpayer-paid managers who support their agenda. They play to the predominant public servants’ “its all about what’s best for me” mentality. Smart! It’s a win-win, totally compatible power play.
Leaders in other states are stepping up to address needed checks and balances on union influence because they can’t push it off on someone else anymore.
Soon, Kentucky leaders will be part of the few that still check their brains at the door and ask the unions what they should do so “everyone gets along.”
When you’re broke, you’re broke. It’s tough to spin that.
Maybe its time to break some glass for Kentucky’s taxpayers and kids.