I, Public Employee
Here is a different side of the story and I can support this individual as he gets why the public is angry. I have a question for him though, do you need a union to handle the contracting with the city or could the city just put the standards of pay down on paper and then adhere to them. Or could they have what we have here in my town in AZ, where only the firefighters have a union, everyone else can get together and petition for changes to the pay scale that is in writing, which is meet and confer. I still don't see where people that work for the government have to have a union if everything is written down and open. If the police or firefighters want something more then they as a group without a union can submit a petition to the city for change. If they don't feel they got a fair shake, then this is America and everyone can vote with their feet. I know that if the town starts losing too many officers or firefighters then they would have to provide more benefits/pay. If you want to attract people you raise pay and benefits, if you can't afford high pay and benefits then you downsize to the point you can afford. This is pretty simple and it doesn't take unions to make the market work. If you are a professional police officer and there were no unions, you would be free to seek employment any where for the pay you feel you deserve. The unions prevent this because they artificially control the market and prevent mobility of labor. Americans should always have a choice and voters should always have the last word on government employees, not the unions.