Bazzo at Work
By Anthony J. Bazzo
“Tea party extremist such as yourself, Mr. Bazzo would rip to pieces every fairly negotiated public employee contract ever agreed upon. However, I am sure that would be just fine with you.”
“Mr. Bazzo does not care about decades of legally negotiated contracts. Whatever loophole he and others can find to wiggle out of an agreement they will use. “
The two above comments more or less summarize the responses I get when I write about the unaffordable public employee contracts. “Fairly negotiated” and “legally negotiated” contracts , one term incorrect, the other correct. Yes, legally negotiated, but only in the perverse system we in New York live under. How ever,
“Fairly negotiated”, no way, no how. The was and never has been anything fair about negotiations with public sector unions. The problem is there was never any one representing the employer, read that the tax payer.
Union representatives did what they were suppose to do, get the best deal for their members. Our government officials, whose job was to protect the tax payers and still hammer out a fair deal, did neither. What they did was hammer out a deal the would either get the union to support their candidacy with money, man power or both, or sit on the sidelines and not support their opponents. The tax payer was never part of the equation other than as a piggy bank. If you take the time to read the financial filing of there candidates and follow the money, you will see I am correct. The only solace we as taxpayer can take is that at least when our representatives are bought, they stay bought and deliver to the unions what they promise.
The union reps. have gone myopic. They forget that when you depend on other’s money, you should make sure they still have it. You should not bite the hand that feeds you. As many published stories and reports can attest, union reps. have now taken it upon themselves to fight tooth and nail to protect the jobs of incompetents and perverts. So as not to lose dues paying members, they man the barricades when elected or appointed officials try to remove them for the tax roles.
Both parties have done what they could “legally” do, yet neither have done what they should do. Neither side has show any kind of moral compass or fairness to the tax payer. Quite the opposite, both sides show utter contempt for those who foot the bill.
In New York it has become standard to believe those who produce and wish to keep the rewards for their risk and labors, are now called selfish. The producers must be subservient to the takers, doing with less so the takers can have more. Under these conditions it would be fine with me if we could rip to pieces and use every loophole we can find to wiggle out of every public employee contract and start over. This is my opinion, you may beg to differ.
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