Even as the American labor movement has shrunk to a third of its once-robust size, public-employee unions in California have thrived and come to wield enormous political power. Unfortunately, these unions all too often have forgotten their root concerns for workers everywhere. Through their greed, they have burdened the state with an unwieldy cost structure that may actually hurt large numbers of working Californians. Three recent examples come to mind: The union representing Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers objected to plans to install cameras on buses because it wanted its members to be guaranteed the jobs, even though that could mean delays in installation. Evidently, public safety is less important than public-employee job security. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The state engineers’ union opposed a plan for expediting construction of a car-pool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway that relied on private contractors. Under intense union pressure, the Legislature failed to approve the plan, and now the state could lose $130 million in federal highway dollars. In its last session, Democrats in the Legislature – strongly encouraged by the electrical workers’ union – doomed the governor’s solar-power energy bill. The legislation had the support of practically everyone as an environmentally friendly break to regular folks who wanted to go solar. But Democrats poisoned it with an amendment that would have required that all installation be done by workers paid union wages. For decades, public-employee unions prospered on the good will of the public. But these unions, with their lavish benefits that threaten the state’s future, no longer serve anyone but themselves. They gobble up tax dollars even as the quality of life in California gets worse, the infrastructure deteriorates and the burdens of the disadvantaged mount. It’s a shame that public-employee unions no longer seem to care about protecting workers or helping to build a healthy and stable economy that benefits everyone. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!