Here’s another example of unions not caring who pays the bill as long as they get to keep their jobs. AFSCME is demanding that the state of Illinois raise taxes:
The largest state employee union in Illinois says no amount of concessions by workers can solve the budget problem and lawmakers should raise the income tax.
Henry Bayer (BARE’) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told reporters Tuesday that asking workers to take unpaid days off or making other concessions would do very little to close a $9 billion deficit.
AFSCME met with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration Tuesday to discuss concessions. Bayer says the union told the administration it is working to convince legislators to back Quinn’s income tax increase.
The SEIU last week called for higher taxes in California. I expect this will be a recurring pattern at the state and local levels of government.