Public employees are also "us." That many are pointing out the conflict of the workers and who's paying the bill is short-sighted at best. Without the existence of unions, the worker has no power. That's an extreme I would not like to see - even though I'm no longer in the work force.
The biggest problem, perhaps, is that government has never learned to live within its means. That's the dynamics that have created the current battle between the taxpayers and government workers.
I believe it would be fair to examine the pay and benefit scales of government workers vs civilian workers to see if there are areas of conflict that should be addressed - rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water.
We must look at the long-term effect of destroying all unions.