Statements about Unions
"The pension fund in the city of Providence is only 30 percent funded, about the same level as when he [Taveras] took office."
Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."
I turned "a $110 million deficit into a $1.6 million surplus for our city."
A poll taken "a few months ago" found "70 percent approval or higher" for the Act 10 collective bargaining law.
"When union membership goes down, so do (middle class) wages."
"Earlier this year, [John DePetro] was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker."
Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.
Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."
"During my eight years as county executive, we cut the number of county workers by 20 percent."
Says administrator salaries were increased, "but other school employees were left behind."
"If your plan is the result of collective bargaining, no subsequent changes by anybody -- insurance companies, Obamacare -- can force your grandfathered policy to change."
"Six years after unionization, 20,000 fewer children in Illinois were being served by the Child Care and Development Fund program."
Some "20,000 Delphi salaried retirees lost up to 70 percent of their pensions" as a result of "political favoritism and backroom deals."
Says unions call Obamacare "bad for workers."
Says President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "felt there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people."
Says Virginia saved $300 million by rebidding a Metrorail construction project to exclude guaranteed union contracts.
"Even the employees’ union for the IRS -- the very people in charge of enforcing this law -- are begging to be let out from under this law."
On residency requirements for public workers
Says Terry McAuliffe "opposes" Virginia’s right-to-work law.
Says TriMet spends "$10.3 million in police contracts" a year for 56 transit police who must respond to non-transit calls
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