Public sector unions argue that “defined-benefit” pension plans are necessary to attract and retain good government workers. They also argue that we must pay people equitably — i.e., we can’t pay teachers for performance or reward some workers based on merit — and that work rules must be adhered to — i.e., everyone must work the same hours.
So I thought it was rather ironic that organized labor’s “think tank” (Keystone Research Center/Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center) posted an employment position on Harrisburg’s Patriot-News classifieds that runs contrary to everything they tell everyone else they should do:
Keystone Research Center, a 10-person, Harrisburg-based progressive think tank, seeks an Office Manager to perform administrative, financial, and human resources duties, including billing and invoicing, coordination with accountant, board management, general administrative duties., and event planning duties as time allows. Substantial experience and facility with Word, Excel, and database software required; associate’s degree preferred.
Occasional late or weekend hours. Competitive salary based on experience, plus family medical benefits and 401-K type pension.[emphasis added]
Hmmm, sounds too much like the evil private sector to me.