The Prison Reformer vs. Rikers Island
Private sector unions are bad. But public sector unions are worse because
(1) There is no competition (as between private firms) that circumscribe their power and
(2) They interfere with the ability of the citizenry to control their own public institutions--vital state institutions like police and prisons.
From the article:
Last year, some Rikers inmates who completed a lengthy therapy program were given pizza by the mental health staff. It angered correction officers, who saw it as a case of coddling criminals.
Mr. Seabrook showed up for a shift change, when guards are lined up for inspection. He led his members into a commissary and though the wardens tried to get them back in formation, they refused.
For those present, it sent a message about who controls the cellblocks.
“You want to eat pizza, stay home,” Mr. Seabrook said during an interview. “You want to have Carvel, stay home. You want to do a timeout, stay home. Corrections officers are not babysitters.
“You push me,” he said. “I push back.”