Public Union PR Problem

Back in January, I posted in reaction to some whining of the bad press the NYC Sanitation workers unions were getting:

So back to the public unions. Don’t like your public image? Realize you have a PR problem. Your =customers= are the public, and they are pissed off. Private companies have to deal with this crap all the time, and even if something is not actually their fault, they do realize they have to do something about the impression that it is. In general, it’s recognized that whining about unfairness is not an effective PR move. It might have helped some of these public policy guys if they actually had a real job at some point, where they had to deal with this sort of situation. They need some diversity in their ranks.

I had a little followup on public union PR a few weeks ago.

So, let’s see how the public unions in Wisconsin are taking this advice?

Well that’s just..

Oh, not a good idea…

That’s “May I”, young man.

Guys, that’s really not smart…

Okay, not only have you lost all hope at getting moderate buy-in, you’re actively turning off other public school teachers.

I, really, just don’t get it. Tea Partiers are a lot more media savvy than this. These people have played around with at least one too many giant puppets that they think this may actually help their cause.

I hope there are no PR professionals involved in this, and if there were, they should just give up on their profession and seek something they may excel at, like chief diversity officer (wait, those protests look overwhelmingly white… they can’t even get their quotas right). Because the optics are really really bad.

These are the supposed educated and educators… you’d think they might want to consider the point of view of a louse:

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An foolish notion:
What airs in dress an gait wad lea’es us,
An ev’n devotion!

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8 Comments on Public Union PR Problem

  1. jefferson101 // 02/21/2011 at 7:57 pm // Reply

    Part of their public relations problem has been evident here in various comment threads. I keep hearing that Teachers have a “right” to expect more money, because they have “invested” a lot of money in their education in order to be able to do the job.

    OK. So why is it that back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when the typical Teacher had a two-year Normal School degree, the average literacy rate was as high or higher than it is now?

    Could it be that Education level does not necessarily positively correlate with the ability to teach children to read and do basic math?

    And then there’s this. Where is it written that just because I chose to squander six figures in Dollars and four or five years of my life to get an “education” in some nebulous field that I now know more about than anyone else in the world, that I’m owed a living?

    I guess I missed that clause in the Constitution. It must be an emanation of a Penumbra of a punctuation mark, or something like that.

    But the poor, and the Teachers, all have nice homes, big screen TV’s, HBO, cell phones, and all that stuff. Us poor bastiches who have to pay for it all? Perhaps not so much.

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    • They’re definitely not impressing me with their intelligence level.

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  2. Hey! The Second Picture down is Mr. Mulvey! He was the worst teacher I have ever had in my entire LIFE. So bad, that the school ACTUALLY fired him a year later… too funny.

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  3. Hiii!

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  4. Just tweeted that great post from Confederate Yankee. I tried to h/t you but @meep is a 15 year old mechanic.

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