“Tarnishing all labor”

“Public employees need to pull back from attacking management and start acting more like they work for the public.”

—Willie Brown, of all people, one of the most pro-labor leaders in California history. Brown was commenting on a recent poll showing the public souring on unions. He was quoted in the L.A. Times by columnist George Skelton.

“Public employee unions are tarnishing all labor, according to the pollster,” Skelton wrote.

Skeleton attributes the primary problem as pension envy. That certainly is a factor. Even worse in is how obstructive and politically tone deaf public employee unions have become. In Stockton they fought every reform.

Worse is their political narcissism. They want public sympathy, but they demonstrate no sympathy for the public. They never even pay lip service to compassion for a citizenry devastated by the foreclosure crisis and the recession. It’s always all about them. 

But when leaders have no choice but to make cuts, a certian degree of public relations is necessary. Instead, the unions just attack anybody they see as hostile to the gravy train. They bought their friends for so long they forgot how to make them. 

Skelton’s column here.

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