And in Britain, the public-sector workers had immense power.
Will the huge promises to public-sector retirees be honored?
public-sector job losses have been dragging down the recovery for years.
Will it be homeowners, taxpayers, public-sector workers, bankers, or recipients of government services?
First, public-sector workers need to use inputs into their work that are sourced by the private sector.
Weiner and Spitzer may be punch lines, the more serious and unending litany of public-sector snafus is anything but a joke.
Perhaps worst of all, public-sector unions utilize mandatory dues to promote bad policy.
Union membership and popularity dived in the 1970s and early 1980s when public-sector organizing accelerated.
Collective bargaining for public-sector unions began in the late 1950s and exists for all government workers in only 26 states.
The public-sector workers, as you might imagine, did not like that.
That part of the economy controlled by the government. (Compare private sector.)