The private employee is accountable to their boss. The police officer is accountable to the public.
Labor unions organize the interests of employees against employers.
Police unions organize the interests of the police *against the public*.
@sir In most US cities the PD is only accountable to the mayor. The public is more like a raw material that the police extract value from.
@middlepath the mayor is an elected representative of the public. It's an indirection but ultimately it's still the public that they're accountable to
@sir A police gets his salary from the precinct and he do have a boss... I guess you could say the money comes from the public but then you could say the employees money comes from its customers.
But it is true that the police have a monopoly on force... as long as they follow the law.
@sir There are police officers who are wondering about the future of their unions. There have been problems, but unions guaranteed all people 40 hour work weeks, weekends off ... and police don't even get that. Hell they barely get enough to living in their cities (and if anything, it's more important police live near the people they protect)!
@ebihara not really against the students, but definitely against the public. The public doesn't want the pay taxes, the teachers want to get paid.
Teacher unions are also not lobbying to eliminate oversight from summary executions of students, so
@ebihara fair point here
@sir See, it's that second premise there that's the problem. Hasn't been true for a while now.
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