Gov. Pawlenty has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today attacking public employee unions, accusing the unions of buying sweet deals through campaign contributions to Democrats, touting his own record of standing up to unions and proposing that public employees be shifted from fixed-benefit pensions to fix-contributions deals like 401ks.
The full piece, which cannot be interpreted without reference to his unannounced candidacy for the Repub nomination for prez, is here. Here’s a quote from the op-ed:
“The rise of government unions has been like a silent coup, an inside job engineered by self-interested politicians and fueled by campaign contributions.”
He discussed the piece, as well as the collapse of the Metrodome, on Fox News. Video is here.