Big Labor’s Bread and Butter

### Relentless Growth of Government Payrolls Is Good News For Union Bosses, But Will State and Local Taxpayers Keep Picking up the Tab?

In mid-December, two of America’s best known labor economists, Drs. Barry Hirsch and David Macpherson, released their analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data for the first 11 months of 2009, indicating strongly that last year, for the first time ever, a majority of unionized workers across America were government employees.

Today Big Government, not the private sector, is Big Labor’s bread and butter. That’s why union bosses unabashedly push for higher taxes and bigger government, and seem unconcerned that the policies they advocate will surely slash overall private-sector job growth in future years.

And this winter, Congress appears poised to enact legislation that would fuel even faster growth of monopoly unionism in government employment. The so-called “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” (H.R. 413/S. 1611) is detrimental to the interests of private employees and businesses, indeed, of everyone who pays taxes.

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