Late Tuesday night, Democrats in the Massachusetts Legislature voted to strip teachers, police officers and other municipal employees of their health care bargaining rights. It wasn't even close, with the vote 111-42 in favor. Important to note: Democrats have a supermajority in the Massachusetts House, controlling over 80% of the seats.
According to the Boston Globe they did it late at night, so they could avoid having to face the union goons who were set to unleash a lobbying blitz the following day against the bill.
Supporters of the measure argued that the move would allow cities and towns to avoid layoffs and a reduction in services. Sound familiar? That's because it's the exact same argument put forward by Scott Walker in Wisconsin, which Democrats assailed as an uprecedented assault on the middle class.
We swear we haven't started writing for The Onion, but after we reported the President of the United States called a press conference to respond to Donald Trump and now this, we'd understand if you thought so.
It's now a national consensus. From ruby red Indiana to beryl blue Massachusetts, union leaders are being told that they too have to share in sacrifice during tough economic times. The gravy train has stopped running.
And the Democrats union benefactors were not pleased. The Democrats are not supposed to disobey orders from their union bosses. Robert Haynes, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, practically calls it treason:
“These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns…It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber. We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end. Massachusetts is not the place that takes collective bargaining away from public employees.’’
We wonder when Colorado WINS, the illegal public employee union in Colorado, will come out attacking Democrats for disobeying orders? How long until solidarity rallies are held on the West steps of the Capitol denouncing this assault on workers' rights?
Of course we won't hold our breath for the day that happens. Fighting words and smear campaigns are reserved in the union budget to only go after Republicans. They forgot to include a line item for when their stooges in the State House turn their backs on them in the name of fiscal solvency. Unions apparently misunderstood — Democrats hate school children and the middle class too.