Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor for the Washington Examiner, reveals the story behind Mallory Factor’s groundbreaking new book about government employee unions. His review invites speculation as to whether government employee union bosses are really shadow bosses, or whether they actually run the government with their all-encompassing monopoly bargaining powers.
Factor’s prose is hard-hitting and succinct. He pulls no punches when it comes to government employee union boss power to reach into the pockets of taxpayers and take what they want. Additionally he delves into the debacle of the influence of union bosses on electing politicians who will do their bidding, thereby governing by proxy.
So I bow to no one in my respect for public service.
It’s in part because of that respect that I approach Mallory Factor’s new book, “Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind.” It hits the shelves on Tuesday.
Factor’s case rests on understanding that there is a fundamental difference between private-sector unions and those in the government work force, even though both are in fact private organizations.
Factor explains why it’s different in the public sector: “In theory, when unions negotiate contracts for their members, unions sit on one side of the bargaining table, and government officials representing the taxpayer sit on the other side.”
That’s the theory. Here’s the reality, according to Factor: “The government officials on the other side of the table may be beholden to the same unions against which they are negotiating. Unions effectively end up sitting on both sides of the negotiating table.”
It’s the taxpayers who have to pay the bills for the agreements that government employee unions and officials sign that aren’t represented at the table.
Government employee unions are the most powerful segment of the best-funded special interest in American politics, Big Labor. As Factor points out, unions collect an estimated $14 billion in dues annually, more than half of which comes from government workers.
The book brings to light one of the most serious issues of our time.