Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t -
I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
— As sung and danced by the late Charles Durning as the governor in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
We are just into the second month of the new pension reform rules affecting new hires by state and local government and already the unions are trying to “dance a little sidestep.”
There is always some Democrat in the Legislature who is sure to “cut a little swathe and lead the people on.” Yes there is always some Democrat who wants to help a union be exempted from the rules. The unions trying to “sweep around the wide step” are regional transportation unions, claiming some bogus protection of federal Labor Department rules that they claim require negotiation.
There is nothing to negotiate. The Legislature passed a law and the governor signed it. They set the pension laws. That Democrat carrying buckets of water for the union should dump them in the Sacramento River and just back off. Gov. Jerry Brown should issue a warning right now that there will be no exemptions and any attempts to make exceptions will be vetoed.