We must decide that organizing government employees is illegal, and that public labor unions must be abolished. Why? Because balance of power, or balance of will, does not exist. In a corporation, if management gives in too often over an extended period and resulting work rules, wages, pensions, and benefits choke the company, there are several potential outcomes to adjust and correct. Management, recognizing the company's financial limits, convinces the union that there have to be changes and an accord is reached to keep all entities alive. Or a bankruptcy court mandates a diminishment of some provisions of the labor contracts, as well as hacking into the rights of secured debt, unsecured debt, and equity holders. Or the company fails and everyone loses.
The California prison guards are paid huge salaries, way out of context to any private comparable job; by contract they get to pad their last two years with tons of overtime resulting in pensions (calculated on the basis of their last two years' pay) significantly higher than their working base salary. And the union contributes large sums to the governors' campaigns; or against any candidate who vows to straighten this mess out.
The school teachers unions refuse to allow terminating poor teachers, and negotiate in tenure after just a year or two and no tough grading system. When budgets tighten, they determine who to fire but never anyone from the administrative and union-power positions, just teachers on the basis of seniority regardless of merit.
Wage rates for public employees keep on growing despite catastrophic overall economic conditions, governments reeling in red ink, and general business employees suffering declining wages and job loss; what's the benefit to the bureaucrat to tighten the belts?
In the union leaders' minds there is no chance that any government entity will ever go into bankruptcy or not somehow survive. There is no need to adjust to current economic conditions. In the business world, managers have financial limits and, even though it sometimes takes several decades for a crises to come to a head, it eventually does. Even in the interim managers are compensated on the financial well-being of their enterprise. There is a balance of power, and a balance of will. When unions exist for tax-payer funded activities, no such balance exists.