When unions eat their own

Here’s a great story in the latest Sacramento News & Review about nasty infighting at the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), a union representing 7,000 government employees. Long story short, a couple cops tried to get out of the CSLEA and form their own union (they say on organization that includes DMV instructors really can’t properly represent sworn law enforcement personnel) only to incur a bloody reprisal from CSLEA leadership.

It’s a compelling look at internal trauma in one of the state’s more interesting public employee unions, but it’ll be hard for those concerned about union power in general to wish for anything other than a long war.

-Anthony Pignataro

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 6 February, 2010, 10:59

    A fine example of the fact that a union, ANY union, once formed adopts as their main objective and priority their own self-preservation and growth.
    What exactly have unions brought to either workers or the country in tha last 50 years? Outsourcing? Businesses scaling back and/or folding? Higher cost-of-living? Our inability to compete in a global market?
    Meanwhile union bosses have become one of the wealthiest segments of the population.

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  2. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 8 February, 2010, 11:15

    Gee it would be great if we didn’t have unions! We wouldn’t have to pay people any more than minimum wage. We wouldn’t have to provide them with health insurance or retirement benefits. We could make them work 18 hour-days in deplorable conditions. Man, we could kick butt in the global market if only we could treat our workers like Third World countries do!

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