Friday, March 11, 2011

Paige on collective bargaining

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

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City Councilman and at-large candidate Sean Paige will take to the radio tonight to discuss collective bargaining rights in light of the situation in Wisconsin, where public workers were recently deprived of their right to collective bargaining by the majority Republican government.

Don't expect Paige to champion the rights of blue-collar cheeseheads.

The staunch libertarian is known for championing the rights of business and corporations, while urging a clamp down on the rights of workers. Paige's opinions might resonate with many Springs residents, but nationwide its a different story. A New York Times poll showed that Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employees by a margin of nearly 2 to 1. Read that story here.

Hmmm ...

Could it be that the American worker, who has been asked to ramp up his productivity even as his chances at retirement has dwindled, his pay stagnated, and his job security disappeared, might have an interest in preserving unions (what's left of them)? Unions, after all, historically were the only thing that stood between the common man and what might have amounted to indentured servitude. But their rights have been greatly diminished. Many workers, for instance, have no right to strike anymore — to simply refuse to go back to work until conditions improve. As a group anyway, these workers are required to go to work. Consider that the next time you're feeling like a slave to the man.

Anyway, here's the information on that radio appearance, as provided by Paige:

This evening, at 7:30 pm, I'll be part of a panel discussion on collective bargaining rights and public employees on "Colorado State of Mind," which airs on Rocky Mountain PBS stations: http://www.rmpbs.org/stateofmind/. I have a different take on this issue than the other panelists do, as you might imagine. Tune in and watch their eyes roll.

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