Very good editorial in the Sacramento Bee today on public employee unions. The city of Sacramento is having problems with the firefighter union but these quotes apply to all government workers.
"Given the economic crisis that all levels of government face, most state employees, county and other city workers are being asked to take one or two furlough days per month or a straight cut in salary. Private sector workers have had to absorb hefty pay and benefit cuts and layoffs. The city of Sacramento has asked its firefighters merely to delay a raise for a year, hardly a major sacrifice. Yet they have told the city "no."
Cities, counties and the state are in fiscal meltdown. Things are likely to get worse before they get better. Everyone on a government payroll, firefighters included, should be prepared to take a financial hit just as workers who don't work for government have been forced to do."