Americans Don’t Like Republican Anti-Union Bill
A Bloomberg National Poll found out that most Americans don’t like the Republican anti-union bill. The poll showed that the people are more concerned about unemployment than government deficits. People are divided on whether public workers should sacrifice their benefits to help states through their financial crisis.
It also showed that half of the respondents felt that the governors are unfairly targeting unions. 46 percent stated that public workers must be willing to accept cuts in their benefits. The difference in opinions reflects party lines.
Some said that the budget deficits are there because of tax cuts and not by the actions of the public workers. The unions are willing to reach a compromise but the Republicans don’t want to give in.
The states have $175 billion of budget deficits over a two year period. State leaders are looking at cutting public workers’ benefits to decrease the deficit. Even Democratic stated, such as California and New York are looking at pay cuts, layoffs, and slashing retirement benefits as a solution to the growing financial problem.
Tensions have risen in the Midwest between the Republicans and the state employees. Ohio Governor John Kasich and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker want to take out the state workers’ rights to collective bargaining. This has led to weeks of standoff and rallies in Wisconsin.