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May 26, 2010

Feds mandate local unionization: Do you want the federal government to run your local government?

Should the federal government force your local government to unionize its police and firefighting employees? If you oppose this proposed new federal mandate please tell Congress that using our “cut regulations” campaign.

You can copy of borrow from my sample letter . . .

Please do not entangle us in more top-down federal regulation. Specifically, oppose the attempt to attach Amendment 4174 to the latest appropriations bill (H.R. 4899), or to any other bill for that matter.

This amendment would force local governments to unionize their police and firefighting employees. This is a decision that MUST be made by local ELECTED governments, and NOT by the increasingly dictatorial federal government.

I would add to this that the unionization of supposed public servants appears to be a real problem. Government employees seem to be looting the taxpayers they are supposed to serve. For instance, according to the New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/27v8jbq

1. Roughly 3,700 retired “public servants” in New York are receiving pensions in excess of $100,000 a year
2. 22 retirees receive more than $200,000 per year, and one receives more than $300,000
3. The city’s firefighters have not yet provided information on pensions, even though this is required by law, and the police department wouldn’t disclose the names of those who are receiving these kinds of huge pensions
4. These out of control government union pensions are a big reason states like New York are in danger of going bankrupt

Mark Perry, of the University of Michigan, points out that the top recipients of New York pensions, as described in points 1 and 2 above, would, all by themselves, rank as the 178th largest economy in the world! This is an outrage!

Please do not inflict this problem on the entire country. Please protect local self-rule and fiscal sanity. VOTE NO on Amendment 4174, or any other proposal remotely like it.

I am watching what you do very closely.

END LETTER

You can send your letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

Perry Willis
Vice President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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