We've had an employees union in Arkansas for decades, but since both houses of the legislature have been comfortably democrat since the late 1800's they never 'needed' us to help them get reelected. So I make @ 85% of what my private sector counterparts make. But I'm not complaining because I think that is just about right. I get 10 paid holidays, earn 144 hours of vacation per year and an additional 96 hours of sick leave per year. I'm willinf to call it 'even'