It's increasingly clear that public-sector unions have put governments in a bind because of their success at garnering unsustainable pension and medical benefits for public employees. The general public seems to understand that message. But the union-reform movement must now deal with the degree to which unions have protected bad apples and stopped reasonable reforms. Here's an article detailing horrific allegations of abuse at the hands of LA County deputies who patrol the jails. In my reporting of jail issues, it's clear that the unions protect even the worst among them. Ironically, the Democrats who claim to be civil libertarians are mostly silent on such matters here in California thanks to their close association with the unions.
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