Government employee unions (particularly those w/collective bargaining agreements (which is most of them) are one of the primary reasons many states are going bankrupt. (Find a dictionary, and cross-reference "California" and "Bankrupt.") Of course, I'm not a big fan of today's unions in private sector--but the abuses, waste, fraud, and excesses of unions hits a new level in the public sector. (I hate that term--let's just call them "government workers;" only I'm not sure that "work" is accurate where gov't unions are involved). The New York Post reports on some traveties HERE: Overtime kicks in by eight-hour day rather than 40-hour week. So employees earn full pay while working less by calling out sick and then making up the lost wages through (premium) overtime. Many bus drivers clock a 12-hour shift for driving four hours in the morning rush and four in the evening rush. For the four hours in between, they're paid for being available -- but with no work to do. Whenever crew members of the Long Island Rail Road are switched from one train to another, they get another day's full pay. Real-time bus arrival information is finally being tested on Manhattan's 34th Street -- more than a decade after technology had made it possible. Union drivers didn't want to be tracked, so union bus mechanics refused to service wheels with the rotation-counting device needed to supplement GPS in its early days. While the new system on the Canarsie line can run trains with no crew aboard, L trains still operate with crews of two -- thanks to union work rules. The union representing crane operators insists on having full-time "oilers" at construction sites every day. But unlike the steam-driven equipment of old, modern cranes don't need constant lubrication. On building sites across the city, union operators must staff elevators -- even when they have normal push-buttons for each floor. Told it would cost $1,000 to have a union electrician plug a laptop into the wall of a Midtown hotel, one smart customer ran out and bought a spare battery for $70 instead -- and then noted it would be cheaper to buy a whole new computer than to pay the hotel electrician. A Midtown hotel just lost out on hosting the Sidney Hillman Foundation awards dinner after its unionized workers said they'd refuse to serve the foundation president -- because he also heads up a rival union.