BY BUDDY NEVINS
Another day in southeast Broward’s county commission District 6.
Another union endorsement.
Hold on to your wallets, folks. This fight for endorsements is bound to get expensive.
This time its County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger who is crowing about getting a union endorsement.
Funny. Wasn’t it Gunzburger’s campaign that pooh-pooed such endorsements as meaningless?
Oh, but that was when her opponent, former state Sen. Steve Geller, was rolling them up.
The spin changes depending on who’s getting the endorsement.
Gunzburger was almost orgasmic this week about the endorsement she got from the Broward County Police Benevolent Association.
The PBA represents 2,500 law enforcement and correction officers in Broward, including every police department in the southeast Broward commission district in play.
“As a county commissioner I’ve worked closely with the brave men and women of law enforcement to make our streets and neighborhoods safer, Gunzburger said on Facebook. “That is why I am tremendously proud and honored to have once again earned the endorsement of Broward’s police officers.
Geller is still far ahead in union endorsements in his campaign against Gunzburger for the southeast Broward commission seat.
The endorsement score is 8- 2, in favor of Geller.
Gunzburger probably can’t do anything for the PBA if she gets re-elected. They represent cities and she is a county commissioner.
Her other big endorsement is the hotel workers, which she really can’t help, either. She probably got this one because she backed the county’s living wage law. She didn’t directly help the hotel workers, but showed her support for union issues.
But some of the other union endorsements could hit us in the pocket. Or already did.
Gunzburger charged earlier in the campaign that Geller was getting the endorsement of fire fighters because he voted their way on pension issues in Tallahassee.
I don’t know if that charge is true. However, we all know what these endorsements are all about — giving the unions what they want.
Unions are a special interest. And we know what this union special interest wants — more of our money!
The results of this jockeying over the years for government union endorsements is already felt in our tax bills.
Government has ridiculously expensive pay scales, benefits and pensions that the private sector long ago ditched.
For instance, county commission aides can earn up to $75,000 annually, plus benefits that bring that salary close to $100,000. Aides aren’t represented by a union, but other union contracts with the county government drive their salaries and benefits.
What similar private sectors jobs in Broward pay these salaries and benefits? The answer is almost none.
Here is the truth and why these endorsements are ominous:
Government unions are going to bleed us dry us unless they start taking a more realistic view of today’s economic conditions.