First of all they complain --- a lot.
Secondly, they deny economic reality. Last year, my company announced that all pay raises, overtime and promotions will be suspended indefinitely. Nobody, not a single employee complained that this is a "war on working families". Make no mistake we ARE working families.
That is another mistake they make. They try to leave the impression that they are the REAL working families and everyone else is somehow less worthy. I know many hard working people and very few of them belong to unions. Please don't act as if you are the only "working" people.
Public unions expect the general population to rally behind them and throw a fit if their members are asked to contribute a little more to their own retirement or health care. When my company announced our cutbacks, guess how many union people showed up to complain that this was not fair? Yet they insist that we be there for them. I have my own finances to worry about. I really don't have the time and energy to worry about yours.
They don't have it worse than the private sector as they sometimes claim. My wife is an educator. She gets about 15 weeks of vacation per year. No one else will ever admit that this is a sweet deal. But she loves sitting on the patio and reading a book while everyone else is at work. What her co-workers claim is that they work more hours and days than people realize. Of course they do! Virually every salaried employee works long hours, weekends and extra days. But most of them are not complaining that they a being worked too hard. Teachers get much, much more time off than your average Joe. They do them selves a dis service by claiming they don't.
I have some advice for union folks. If you feel you are not appreciated. If your salary, benefits and job satisfaction is not where you believe it should be, then quit. Take your skills and find a new job. That is what the rest of us do and it works quite well. Find a job that makes you happy.
Union people do not have it worse and have not had to make more concessions than the the rest of us. Stop claiming that they have.
I am not anti union. I am anti whining.