Saturday, February 19, 2011

Unemployment Benefits For Wisconsin Public Employees

The governor of Wisconsin recently introduced legislation that would eliminate collective bargaining by public employees and increase employee contributions to pension and health benefits. The goal of this effort was to prevent the layoff of thousands of Wisconsin public employees. The employees however are not having it. Instead it seems they are bent on joining the ranks of Wisconsin Unemployment benefit recipients. I say this because if they are successful in their protests and a compromise is struck, then thousands of public employees like teachers will find themselves unemployed as the state closes a hole in the budget that can only be fixed by cutting costs. I find it ironic that the employees stand in solidarity but the outcome if they are successful is that many of their own will lose their job entirely and end up on unemployment benefits. If they all agree to sacrafice a small amount then all will remain employed.