For many voters, public employee unions are the reason for America's problems, and are being portrayed by some politicians as the 'bad guys.' ISU labor expert Victor Devinatz says it's an easy argument to make:
"This is why are taxes are going up, you now, the costs etcetera, etcetera, so I think that people think if we, you know, reduce the pensions of these public employees, we can solve a lot of the financial problems that are confronting our state and local governments."
Devinatz says a conservative publication even rolled out an attack plan against public unions a few years ago:
"The New Republic published an article , uh, about this, calling public employees the new welfare queens."
A phrase Ronald Reagan used to portray those on public assistance as shiftless con artists. While that doesn't quite have the traction it did 30 years ago, Devinatz says public employees are now in the bulls eye.
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