Katie Gage

In order to save the city from insolvency, the Cincinnati city council must make changes to retiree payouts and employee contributions. In order for American cities like Cincinnati to reach fiscal balance and remain competitive, Big Labor must be willing to compromise; otherwise, similar to Detroit, growing liabilities will drown municipalities. Unfortunately, the idea of cooperation does not sit well with many union bosses. Big Labor has waged an aggressive campaign to stymie any serious fiscal reforms in various American cities, distorting the truth whenever necessary to suit their needs and bankrolling the campaign of politicians who will be most likely to tell them what they want to hear.

In the 2008 and 2012 elections, for instance, labor bosses spent nearly one billion dollars helping to elect and re-elect President Obama and likeminded individuals to federal office. Instead of using collected worker dues to help make pensions plan whole, union heads decided it was more important to play the role of kingmaker. Nowhere was this more true than Ohio where tens of millions of dues were spent less than a year ago on the presidential campaign.

Big Labor cares about protecting its own interests, never mind the fact that cities such as Cincinnati are in danger of fiscal insolvency. Rather than making much-needed and collective sacrifices, union bosses have decided to try and collect as many funds as possible before great American municipalities go belly up. This is exactly the kind of conduct which led Detroit to declare bankruptcy. With labor membership rates continuing to plummet and labor bosses unable to convince more workers to voluntarily join unions, their tactics are becoming increasingly desperate and self-centered. Unfortunately, it is taxpayers – read workers – who suffer and pay the price for Big Labor’s intransigence coupled with the fiscal mismanagement of American cities, such as Cincinnati.

Katie Gage

Katie Gage is the executive director of the Workforce Fairness institute.