Commentary Pushes Back Against Economist’s Ongoing Rant About State Employee & Teacher Pensions Dragging Vermont’s Economy Down

04-17-17a
04-17-17a

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

 

A commentary in Sunday’s Free Press by Millard Cox calls the paper’s go-to Economist Art Wolff out for always blaming state employee and teacher pension plans for dragging down Vermont’s economy. He concludes:

"Labor unions in the private and public sectors have done more to increase the economic power of working people than any other historic factor, and the current levels of wealth inequality in America are directly related to the demise of unions over the past 60 years. The death of unions in America has been engineered by corporations and the wealthy who have influenced elections and lobbied for anti-union legislation. Unionized American jobs have been moved to countries where impoverished, non-unionized workers can be exploited.


Art Woolf is an economics professor who teaches at UVM, which has a unionized faculty. My experience as a public school educator and union partisan is that those faculty members who do not agree with the concept and purpose of unions nevertheless do not refuse to accept the enhanced pay and benefits that are won by the union they do not believe in."

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