Friday’s rally in Trenton

New Jersey public workers say they will rally in Trenton on Friday to show solidarity with their counterparts in Wisconsin.

There may even be a counter demonstration by Tea Party groups, although the president of the Morristown Tea Party is advising aganst that.

As always, we have a battle of extremes here.  Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin is correct to seek increased health and pension contributions from workers.  However, it is going t0o far to seek to end collective bargaining, as Walker has proposed for all issues other than wages. Workers should be able to bargain for benefits. It does not mean they are going to get them, but they should be discussed. 

What I find interesting is how some of the Tea Party groups _ these alleged supporters of  avearge Americans _ are so quick to jump on the side of management against workers. That’s hardly the spirit of Americanism.

We need sensible reform in regard to public benefits, not a complete reversal from union control to manangement control.

About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

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