A Wood County School bus driver recently fired for using her cell phone to text while driving feels she deserves another chance. She put the lives of the children under her care and the public-at-large in danger and admitted to frequently texting while driving her route. Incredibly, Wood County Schools Board of Education member Tim Yeater agreed with her, voting not to terminate. Perhaps Mr. Yeater was thinking of the expense to taxpayers in defending the termination of a public employee.
Many people are unaware that the rules for removing public employees from the roles of the employed are substantially different and much more "civilized" (liberal) than in the somewhat more primitive Wild West private sector of the real world. There is an angry sea of lawyers, panels, boards, committees, politicians, and union representatives to navigate. Additionally, let's not forget the always vigilant bureaucratic government officials looking to justify their bloated existence.
This school employee will be afforded the opportunity to appeal her termination, as were the drunken school bus drivers near Chicago and in Cincinnati. One driver was allowed to finish the delivery of 50 children and one crashed his bus. All of these actions are reckless, irresponsible, and dangerous. Now, taxpayers will be "afforded the opportunity" to pay for defending common sense.
Common sense and rational thought disappeared when public employee unions and politicians were married to form an unholy alliance that led to the corruption and financial ruin we witness today in the local, state and federal government. Even uber progressive, Franklin Roosevelt, understood the disastrous consequences of allowing public employees to unionize and bargain with the government.
Public unions liberate money from its members to grease the palms of politicians; it's a quid pro quo arrangement that obligates politicians to vote in the unions' interests with the aim of keeping the money and support flowing. These cozy arrangements and backroom feasts leave out one important element; the bill-paying taxpayers are never invited to the banquet table. Rather, we're handed the check by these back-slapping cohorts with a dismissive, "Here, take care of this, Bub!"
In addition to money and benefits that far exceed that of private-sector workers; public sector employees receive royalty treatment with little goodies like tenure, unrealistic work rules, and job security unheard of in the business world. Terminating public employees; even for reasons most people would consider obvious, can be a daunting, expensive ordeal for any public treasury.