David Crane, an economic adviser to former Gov. Schwarzenegger, was appointed in December to fill a vacant spot on the UC Board of Regents. He is scheduled to be confirmed today at noon. Revealing the meaninglessness of Democratic Party affiliation, this former partner at now defunct investment firm Babcock & Brown wrote an op/ed in the Chronicle on Sunday in which he openly expressed his contempt for collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. Don’t take it from us; listen to Crane himself:
Collective bargaining is a good thing when it’s needed to equalize power, but when public employees already have that equality because of civil service protections, collective bargaining in the public sector serves to reduce benefits for citizens and to raise costs for taxpayers. Citizens and taxpayers should consider this as they watch events unfold in Madison.