Oregon Public Employees Who Strike Should Be Replaced - Government Services Should Not Stop
Grants Pass, Oregon - Union represented employees of Josephine County, Oregon, are on strike. They have made unacceptable demands on the County of Josephine and on its tax-paying citizens. County commissioners should immediately find replacement employees to fill all of the vacancies caused by strikers.
It's a follow-the-leader game. By negotiating for wages and benefits that match those of public employees in other higher-paid jurisdictions in Oregon, unionized public employees of one county continue to ratchet up their total compensation until a new compensation leader is created. At that point, all of the other unionized jurisdictions in Oregon have a new, higher target for the wages and benefits paid to their employee groups.
As the upward compensation cycle continues to escalate, total compensation for these public employees reaches an unsustainable level. It is common for public employees to negotiate wages and benefits that are substantially higher than their counterparts in the private sector.
What is striking anyway? It seems to me that it's some sort of childish tantrum. "I'm not happy with my job but instead of making it better or finding a different job I'm going to show you whose boss."
Guess what? If today I decided to stand outside my place of employment with a sign rather than go inside and work then I would be fired.
"But we don't get paid enough/have enough benefits/aren't happy/etc"
So what? Lot's of people aren't happy with their jobs. At that point you choose to move on to somewhere else.
If what government does is soooo important, and all the employees they have are soooo neccessary then how come they get to take these long leaves of absence and life somehow still moves on?