I Was a Member...
(Public Service Unions, Police, Fire, etc.)
"In the 1930s these public service jobs were in demand. They did not have layoffs; they paid well, and were essential to living and maintaining order. There was no need to unionize them. The teachers, firemen, policemen and other public servants certainly had their organizations that asked their employers (the public) to at least keep them solvent in hard times, but never threatened to cease doing their jobs for more.
"After WW 2, when the industrial unions (not all of them) began demanding and receiving more than they were worth, the situation for public workers then changed.
"The public service workers discovered that all it took was total organization to demand more and more. And they did. The difference between industrial unions and public service unions is that the public service providers (supported by taxpayer funds) cannot be done away with as were many of the industrials (supported by private funds).
"Today in many ways it is similar to the 1930s depression as the true unemployment factor is about 20% and growing, and public jobs are much in demand (even though tax shortages are eliminating many) because the public unions have demanded and received greater benefits than the actual labor expended is worth.
"The end is near and the gigantic bureaucracy we now live in will fail as they all have in the past. No economy can survive long without productivity, and as a nation of paper shufflers we have lost our productivity. It is only a matter of time."
Another way of asking,
"How far can we stretch the rubber band of Capitalism?"