... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New
That pro-American worker thing is nonsense here. This wasn't about the middle class worker but the civil service employees that I'll remind you were protected by state laws before the union arrived, always have been. Even FDR disagreed with collective bargaining for civil service employees.
The reason collective bargaining came into play in the first place was the same as why it came about in the private sector. The only time politicians found it necessary to raise the pay of governmental employees was during an election year. Now at least through contract negotiations pay raises and the like can be spread across a 4 year period.
Also, while the Public school systems in this country hold near monopoly status it isn't like these school teachers have much of a choice in their chosen profession. The surplus of teachers easily lowers the standard acceptable pay rate just like any other race to the bottom job in the private sector.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.