November 21, 2012

Unions in the news

Been a busy news cycle for unions

From the UK Telegraph — a little miscalculation on the part of the BBC — of course, they expect British citizens to pay for:

Licence fee payers face £1.2billion bill for BBC pensions
The National Audit office yesterday disclosed in its financial review of the BBC that the deficit has risen by a quarter in the past year and is set to increase even more. The contribution is equivalent to £38 for every household in Britain.

A bit more:

The BBC faced the threat of industrial action from BBC staff and unions in 2010 after proposing cuts to the pension scheme, which led to a 48-hour strike by members of the National Union of Journalists.

Can't cut the pensions — nooooo…

A little closer to home — from local radio station KGMI comes this twofer:

First: Union Says New Boeing Proposals Likely To Be Rejected
Officials with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace say a new contract proposal presented yesterday by Boeing is likely to be rejected.

Boeing says the new offer includes increased wages and improved benefits compared to the previous offer, but union executive director Ray Goforth says it still contains across the board cuts in pay and benefits.
Second: Pension Ruling Could Wreck State Budget
A new ruling on state pensions could end up wrecking the state's delicately-balanced budget.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham says the Legislature acted illegally last year when it eliminated an annual increase in benefits to retirees in two older state pension plans.

The Washington Federation of State Employees calls Wickham's decision a big win.

What a bunch of greedy little ninnies. They ratchet pay and bennies up so high that when the economy takes a downturn — as it always has and always will — they refuse to adjust their gimmies downward to reflect the market reality.

Posted by DaveH at November 21, 2012 05:01 PM
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