CT ‘Bad Boy Clause’ Passes, Unions Oppose Punishing Criminal Public Employees

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an historic decision that I hope is duplicated in other states, Connecticut has finally passed the “bad boy clause,” a law that would find public employees (like elected politicians and state workers) who are convicted of criminal behavior having their pensions denied them as a result of that criminal behavior.

Of course, unions are against this law. They claim it would be a breach of their union contracts, but really all they want is to shield their criminal members from the consequences of their criminality. Why is it no surprise that unions want to reward criminal behavior by allowing those who steal from the public and break the public trust by allowing them to continue stealing from the public treasury in the form of unearned and undeserved pensions?

This is just another example of why unions are not in the public’s interest and should never be allowed for state workers. Unions are not interested in the public good. They are only interested it what they can get for their members.

The idea of a union is antithetical to good government at every level.


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as newsbusters.org, townhall.com, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of publiusforum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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