I’m certainly not the only person that predicts that the future “civil war” in our country will be between union member and private sector taxpayers. An article in City Journal notes the following about the battle in California:
How public employees became members of the elite class in a declining California offers a cautionary tale to the rest of the country, where the same process is happening in slower motion. The story starts half a century ago, when California public workers won bargaining rights and quickly learned how to elect their own bosses—that is, sympathetic politicians who would grant them outsize pay and benefits in exchange for their support. Over time, the unions have turned the state’s politics completely in their favor. The result: unaffordable benefits for civil servants; fiscal chaos in Sacramento and in cities and towns across the state; and angry taxpayers finally confronting the unionized masters of California’s unsustainable government.
This is a great article that explains the evolution of the economic-crushing unions in California… well worth the time to read it.