An important aspect in the debate over public unions is the compensation public employees receive in comparison to their private sector counterparts. Naturally, the usual suspects are distorting the statistics since yearly income comparisons don’t reflect the amount of hours the employee works. This is like comparing apples to oranges. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has an hourly compensation breakdown, which is more like comparing apples to apples:
The Cato Institute has more (3 pg. PDF), including the wide variety of excesses and waste in public compensation all thanks to collective bargaining for public employees.