This probably sounds stupid, but I'm genuinely confused. My home state is currently trying to pass a bill that would among other things greatly limit labor unions by getting rid of collective bargaining and also ask teachers and other public employees to pay more into their retirement and health insurance (from my understanding, since it takes all the power away from unions, it would also easily lower their salaries). In the "pro" publicity for this bill, I keep hearing over and over again that it's only fair for teachers/firefighters/police and other public workers to be brought down to the same salary level of the private sector. Pardon my ignorance, but don't people in the private sector generally make more money? I do know that private sector employees generally have to pay a lot more for health insurance and things like that, but I also thought that their salaries were much higher in general than a public employee's salary would be. Everyone in my family is a teacher or works for a school in some way, so I really don't know. I just feel like I always grew up hearing about how teachers didn't make "any money" and it seems I've seen posts on here where people have said they had to go back into the private sector because they simply couldn't pay their bills on a teacher's salary. For anyone that has worked in the private sector or has a SO or something who does, do they really make less than you?