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At the hearing: Keeping the jobs

July 19, 2013 - John D'Agostino
For years, Dunkirk resident Phil Julian has called for downsizing local government.

On Monday night at the Public Service Commission hearing, Julian called on New York state to worry about the jobs already here. Julian spoke with nearly another 80 residents at the hearing.

He also questioned NRG about the future of its payment in lieu of taxes. Click on the link at right for his remarks.


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Jul-21-13 10:44 PM

CAPTAIN - the verdict on unions was in a long time ago. Only 6% of the private sector is unionized while about 44% of the public sector is unionized. So, what happened to private sector unions? They forced their companies to either go out of business or move operations overseas. When Reagan stomped on airline controller unions in 1981 the pattern was set and the private sector was rid of it's biggest headache. The day of reckoning for public sector unions is yet to come. There is nothing wrong with a days work for a days pay but what unions want is a days work for two days pay.


Jul-21-13 10:35 AM

If Phil weren't so focused on blaming the unions for ALL the problems facing local govts & public schools, I believe he'd make a good mayor. The unions, however, must recognize that meaningful CBA concessions are necessary. No one wants to lose money, but the city's population, student enrollment, home values, private sector jobs, plant closings, property taxes & water rates have all gotten significantly worse over the last 30 yrs while public workers (city, county & state) have all enjoyed steady gains during the same period.

I fully support the concept of labor unions, but there's a distinctive difference between public & private unions. If public unions negotiated in the private sector like they do with poor communities, most (if not all) employers would close. Detroit is bankrupt, Chicago is next, and experts predict many more will follow. There's a valid reason why so many people, even union workers like myself, criticize public unions.


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