Friday, December 19, 2008

And then this happened....

H/T to Andrew Kujan and Adam Pagnucco:



I really take no joy in noting that the horse AFSCME and other labor unions rode all the way to the State House came back screw them in the end, because these folks have families and bills just like the rest of us. But is fighting O'Malley and the Administration on this point really the best tactic when the other 90% of Maryland families are already paying higher taxes and higher health care costs thanks to the actions of O'Malley and AFSCME's other Democratic allies? Is this really going to play well with Maryland's mainstream voters?

(Crossposted)

4 comments:

Mark Newgent said...

In the end though, where else are they going to go in 2010. If Franchot makes a primary run at O'Malley maybe, but we saw what happened to Pierre in the slots campaign. O'Malley knows that in the end they have no one else to run to. Note how there is no mention of "O'Malley" at all in the video.

Dr. Internet said...

Personally, I think this was less a political commentary and more of a recruitment ad. Unions don't want their members to feel as though nothing is being done. The unions are politically savvy and would never tip their hand two years before a statewide election. Unions are powerless, politically and otherwise, if they face low or declining memberships.

Daniel said...

I hope the folks that made the video, and starred in it, don't face any repercussions.

B4its2late said...

AFSCME Maryland is now seeing just how much weight they carry in Annapolis. The MOU that they have with the State is a worthless piece of paper that plagerizes COMAR. There is nothing in the MOU to protect workers during layoffs and/or furloughs. No seniority or bumping rights, nothing. They could be doing somethings to help displaced workers but they do not want to bite the hand that feeds them, management. Management gave them Fair Share and once implemented they will be receiving 8.5 million dollars from employees who want nothing to do with a union because now State workers are forced to pay agency fees or be fired. Who loses here? Not AFSCME ... they will get the fees. Not management, they will continue to get campaign contributions. The only losers here are state workers.

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