Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts.
And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.
The air traffic control system, food inspection, Medicare, veterans' health care and many other essential government programs would run as usual. The Social Security Administration would not only send out benefits but would continue to take applications. The Postal Service, which is self-funded, would keep delivering the mail. Federal courts would remain open.
ASSME and the Big Lug Nut are to blame for this with their bargaining (?) deal immediately following the election.
As a taxpayer, I appreciate that Republicans want to have us better represented at the table, but there are other ways to do it than removing the right to bargain for wages, hours and and working conditions (health insurance and retirement).
I'm no lawyer, although I play one on this blog, but it seems that the current law regarding collective bargaining gives the state an avenue to address cost issues...
20.17.6No collective bargaining agreement or arbitrators' decision shall be valid or enforceable if its implementation would be inconsistent with any statutory limitation on the public employer's funds, spending or budget or would substantially impair or limit the performance of any statutory duty by the public employer. A collective bargaining agreement or arbitrators' award may provide for benefits conditional upon specified funds to be obtained by the public employer, but the agreement shall provide either for automatic reduction of such conditional benefits or for additional bargaining if the funds are not obtained or if a lesser amount is obtained.
If that's not adequate, then change the statute.
I'm not happy with what seems to be an immediate and easy leap to binding arbitration and feel this could be tweaked by not waiving the fact finder step.
Also, drop the "free agent" idea because if you are having trouble negotiating with just three unions, you're not going to be able to fairly negotiate with thousands of individual employees.
He's progressed from someone I felt wasn't the guy to get it done (at the end of the 2006 season when it appeared Favre would retire) and someone the 69, 761 fans, at a 2007 season game I attended, booed when he replaced Favre and fumbled twice.
I had my concerns about Green Bay being favored before Sunday and I was downright worried when Charles Woodson went down.
I wasn't thrilled with Coach Mike McCarthey's play calling on 1st and 2nd down before the Pack settled for its field goal and had flashbacks to Super Bowl XLIII when Pittsburgh got the ball with 1:59 in the game.
Thankfully, NFL Title 13 resides with the team I've rooted on for 46 plus years.
This Packer Backer was so happy he broke out the Cheese Crown, given to him a few years ago by another Packer Backer, his oldest (pre-Kindergarten) friend.