There was an important article in today’s East Valley Tribune about the recent layoffs of government employees because of the severe financial constraints that we are experiencing. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein ruled on Monday that the union request to reinstate workers let go due to the state financial issues and to halt future layoffs has been denied allowing for the firings to stand and the layoffs — should they be necessary — to continue.
Klein, in his opinion said that the agencies “did their best to make informed, good faith decisions as to which employees had to be let go.’’ According to the article, this does not resolve the issue as there is still litigation that is ongoing to test whether the firings were legal.
However, the biggest news of this article was not necessarily the decision of the court but that the true intentions of the union appeared. The state director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Scott Washburn had this to say after the ruling when asked about the union’s next move:
“We don’t have a friend in the governor, we don’t have friends in the Legislature,’’ he said. Washburn said the ultimate solution would be to “change the political makeup’’ of state government.
“The people that are running it now are ideologically opposed to government,’’ Washburn said. “And the people that we represent work for government.’’
The dirty little secret is what is buried within this comment. To SEIU, this is about growing big government, growing the number of members to their union, and ultimately growing the amount of money and power of the SEIU. This had little to do with what is best for Arizona taxpayers who are stuck footing the bill.
In his comments, we also see what the intended plan is for 2010 election cycle. The governor and the legislature are now in the crosshairs of the unions who will do everything that they can to steal away the power from the taxpayers and the elected officials that we put in office so that the SEIU can pad their pockets with more union dues and big government jobs. It is up to us to maintain our pressure and beat back the unions from getting established within Arizona state government.