Daily headlines tell us of continuing stress for workers in the private sector. The Boston Globe employees have been threatened with shutdown if concession demands are not met. The list goes on and on.
Hawaii private sector workers are facing the same fate: layoffs, reduction in hours of work and loss of health care and retirement plans.
The Hawaii State legislature has attacked the downturn buy raising taxes and not filling 200 vacant positions. The near complete control of Hawaii politicians by the public worker unions will continue unabated. Why? Because Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout rate in the nation. The public workers vote as a bloc. Until the apathy of non-public workers can be replaced by action in the form of getting out the vote, Hawaii will continue to be in a fiscal and management mess. Oh yes. Term limits might help.