Why do government workers feel the need to be unionized?

Working for city, county, state, or even the federal government is probably the only job where you get to vote for the boss of your boss, so why would you need more representation than that?

Asked By: The Fed Up Matthew™ - 1/27/2010
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For years, I worked for local government, was not unionized and there was absolutely no need to do so. Unionization, in theory, encourages quality and productive employees and guarantees a safe work environment. In reality, work place safety rules are already covered by OSHA and unions, in many cases, foster low-... More
Answered By: Nikki S - 1/27/2010
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I don't like unions, but I don't think I can blame anyone for wanting to be in one. All it means is a better deal for them. If that's not greed, what is?
Answered By: Pfo - 1/27/2010
Because they are being pressured into it
Answered By: Paul Grass™ - 1/27/2010
Not necessarily. For example, that's been a source of contention with Joel Klein--an appointed position overseeing public schools. He's not voted in, but he's a big boss with a lot of power.
Answered By: Forget War Buy More - 1/27/2010
You think nothing gets done at the DMV now, can you imagine if they were unionized? Holy hell! There would be cobwebs growing on the corpses. And a unionized TSA?!? Five hour waits instead of the usual two.
Answered By: Philip McCrevice - 1/27/2010
That is odd isn't? The police are even in a union and they are all Republicans for the most part. It must have something to do with workers rights and living wages.
Answered By: Laughing Man - 1/27/2010
Actually a Government job is one of the few places that I can see a union doing more good than harm. The Government will get away with whatever it can and since it can enact laws that affect the workplace it is necessary to have that sort of check on it.
Answered By: kerfitz - 1/27/2010
Because it is only right that if the government has democracy so should its workplace. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Answered By: iamct01 - 1/27/2010
Answered By: GOingRush - 1/27/2010
Give a person the opportunity to rob others and get away with it and they will take it. Union workers are thieves and deserve to be hanged.
Answered By: GOP John - 1/27/2010
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