When state workers in the form of organized labor collectively bargain for higher rates of pay and benefits what is really happening is that a privileged group is attempting to use the coercive power of the state to transfer property from the majority of taxpayers to a favored minority — themselves.
In Wisconsin in 2010, taxpayers indicated that they could no longer afford expansive government outlays of state monies, and elected a governor and a majority of lawmakers to reduce spending. This, they have attempted to do.
In protesting, demonstrating, and resisting legislation, organized labor has chosen to publicly display their essentially coercive character.
Source: Excerpt from Dennis Behreandt’s column, Wisconsin Labor Unions and the Marxist Fallacy of Surplus Value.