Union prevents learning

Victor Joecks

No joke. And not just for D.C. voucher students, either.

“When I started in my early days, as a bus girl, I worked my way up, I learned to wash dishes,” said Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-Las Vegas. “Are we so ridiculous these days that we don’t cross-train people?”

But lawmakers were told that because of union rules and contracts, cross-training is limited in government offices.

“There’s no money to do it, and contracts will not allow you to do it,” said Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas. (Emphasis added)

Seriously? Seriously. Sometimes I read these stories and they just blow my mind. At a time when families and businesses throughout Nevada are having to adapt and prioritize, government continues on in its inefficient ways.

But remember, Nevada needs to increase spending by 17 percent or terrible things will happen – state employees may have to cross train!

We couldn’t have that now, could we?