Roll Call this morning published a column from Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., who is pushing for significant reductions to the federal workforce — and calling out federal employee unions:
While White House officials have paid lip service to the commission recommendations [to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent], they remain beholden to public employee unions, vehemently opposed to modernization and rightsizing of the workforce, whose members and unions finance and mobilize on behalf of the president and Congressional Democrats.
[...] The fact is the federal payroll, and the legacy costs, must be rightsized. Public sector union leadership can recognize this and assist us, or they can continue their knee-jerk opposition to the modern workforce. We hope they choose the latter.
What do you think? Is Ross right, and are unions standing in the way of much-needed changes to the federal workplace? Or do you think unions aren’t the problem, and Ross is simply playing politics by taking a swipe at them? Sound off below.
James Pygid Says:
June 30th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
To really mean something, cuts in the workforce should be linked to cuts in the budget. Example: Congress and the President agree that program xyz is going to lose 15% of its budget; in this case, the labor cut would be – you guessed it – 15%.
Without some kind of linkage, workforce cuts are mindless and stupid.
June 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm
I think the Republican representative put it out there in his OWN words…..”unions finance and mobilize on behalf of the President (A Democrat) and Congressional Democrats”. I would take this to mean if unions were mobilizing for Congressional Republicans he would think differently?? All politics…..
July 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Dennis Ross is misguided. Many union members have voted Republican. This current group of Republicans are just overall anti union.
Anthony P. Torchia Says:
July 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 am
Ross is more than misguided he is disingenuis to say the least. He is sayi ng the administration is pandering to the unions, could it be he is panderi ng to his base, when anyone mentions forcing big business to pay thier fair share of taxes,( IE General Electric) eliminating the bush tax cuts
his answer is a simple no. Remember his party considers Gov’t employees at every level a “soft Target”
July 2nd, 2011 at 10:26 pm
mr. ROSS needs no knowledge of the postal service. he’s brought and paid for by lobbist who would love nothing less than the postal service demise.they say 80 percent of the postal cost is labor, but that also includes management .its amazing that the postal service has just decided on june 30th to stop paying paying bonuses to management and execs.
July 3rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm
July 3rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm
If the Federal Government was a business corporation on the outside it would bankrupt….oops!. The government needs to get one hell of a lot smaller and efficient real quick or it will be out of business as it should. Our feds need to re-think entitlements for all federal agencies. To hell with the buy-ouy policy..just lay em off dammit, no buy-outs as long as there gonna collect unemployment benefits.
July 5th, 2011 at 10:06 am
He can show he is serious by proposing cutting the staff associated with senators and congressmen. Do they need 12-15 aides each? The next step will be putting in term limits of 12 years maximum for each nationally elected official. Their retirement and medical benefits would begin when they reach that amount of service. The guy likes to pick on the middle class worker who foots the tax bills of our great nation. Let him put up or shut up.
July 5th, 2011 at 10:58 am
I don’t think either party wants to take on the Unions, it’s just too much hassle. No one (from any party) is willing to actually address the real issue and cut the programs that are the most costly, Social Security, Medicare and Defense. It’s the big Gorilla in the room that no one wants to deal with and is scared of. Without looking at those, whatever cuts they make really won’t be much more than a “drop in a very large bucket.”
Paul R Says:
July 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
If the government were more like a business there would be no need for a Congress or supreme court. Government would be expected to make money. There would be very little service by the government as in business today. There is no money in service. Big business has given up providing service a long time ago. I am sure a big brother fascist government could exist very well in a country that demanded it’s government make a profit.
IRS agent Says:
July 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Ross is going after the wrong people in trying to make probation 2 years – he should instead get rid of a lot of management positions – this is where the waste is. The higher ups are the people abusing their power and hiring their own unqualified families – at least that’s what’s going on at IRS, at the expense of the other hires – 1/3 of whom are gone within 2 years at Treasury, another huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Many new hires are abused in every way since they have no due process rights. IRS even mislabels career tenured employees with closed to 20 years service as probationary in order their power to abuse to the max. The abuse (and hiring of relatives in the place of these good employees) will only get worse with Ross’ proposal for a 2 year probation. He should be going after management instead of the workers under them who work like dogs and are treated like dogs under certain supervisors – inhumane treatment, even causing cancer.
Joe Dirt Says:
August 20th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
I THINK ROSS IS NUTTS!! SIMPLE
Joe Dirt Says:
August 20th, 2011 at 1:05 pm
I AGREE 100% WITH THE IRS AGENT…MANAGEMENT IS A LOAD OF CRAP. THATS WHERE THE CUTS NEED TO BE. THE NEW HIRES ARE TREATED HORRIBLY BEACAUSE THEY HAVE NO UNION PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT GOES AFTER THEM FOR MINOR MISTAKES JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN. IF YOUR NOT FAMILY, YOU WON’T MAKE IT!!!
September 29th, 2011 at 11:34 am
How about we look and term limits, health insurance requirements, social security requirements and no pension for the congress, senate or the president. Then start on union reform and labor relations. Otherwise we will soon look like Detroit on a national scale.