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Gio on what’s wrong with public-employee unions

February 24, 2011

Invoking Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Meany, and John Chafee, state Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione says that public-employee unions are a fundamentally flawed idea. The problem, he says, is that taxpayers are not adequately represented by elected officials at the bargaining table.

The concept that you can have public sector unions and negotiate with taxpayers who don’t get to sit at the negotiating table is defective, and this failed experiment of public sector unions – we’ve paid the price for this.

Cicione shared his view during a taping this morning of WRNI’s Political Roundtable. The segment airs tomorrow (Friday) morning at 5:40 and 7:40, and online.

The departing GOP chairman says the late John Chafee, the father of current Governor Lincoln Chafee, was a critic as governor of public employee unions. Cicione says FDR called public sector unions “unthinkable” and “intolerable.” And Meany, he says, called it impossible to bargain collectively with the government.

Cicione has less of a problem with private sector unions, calling them responsible for improvement in working conditions, wages, and the like.

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