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Scranton: Not your Grandfather's Blue Collar Town

ksatifka Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 10:17 PM
Typical right wing crud is to blame everything on the unions. The unions could only go as far as their employers (private companies or the gov't) would let them. Gov't leaders, in particular, are to blame for making sweetheart deals with public unions that were not based on economic reality. Management, not the unions, is the real power and we are now living with their short sightedness. They must make the first sacrifice and the unions will have to follow. No country can long remain prosperous after most of its manufacturing base has been offshored.
ksatifka Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 11:05 PM
I disagree, Robert 54. Public unions are far from all-powerful. Even in states that have not outlawed teachers strikes, they can only strike for a short while as laws now require 180 days of school. Plus police and professional firemen (small towns usually have all-volunteer unpaid firemen) are universally prevented from going on strike due to public safety issues. Most trash is picked up by private companies. Unions must share in the blame, but the real power has always belonged to management - gov't or private. As stewards of the public purse, our elected leaders have been miserable failures and we are all now paying for it.
Robert54 Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 10:39 PM
Government cannot negotiate a contract if ithas no leverage. There should be no government workers unions at all. What kind of leverage does a city have. "Agree to this contract or we'll close all the schools and stop picking up trash and putting out fores!" OOPS! That the negotiating point of unions.

SCRANTON – This northeastern Pennsylvania city is charming. You might even consider it gorgeous, if you appreciate the remarkably well-preserved old-world charm that industrial cities carved into their grids at the start of the 20th century.

In the past ten years, Scranton has gone through a renaissance that brought new life to the old buildings of its bustling past and a surge in construction of downtown apartments and storefronts, according to Jeff Brauer, a political science professor and city-planning expert at nearby Keystone College.

Unfortunately, he said, no one planned for what would happen after the construction ended.

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