I hope you are not serious with this statement.
I wish I had guaranteed annual salary increases, premium health benefits (with little to no contributions towards it), full pension, large amount of sick/vacation days that can be rolled over and banked as well as tenure. I do agree in the grand scheme of things that teachers, cops, firement, etc should be paid more for what they do, but they are not exactly licking the curb poor either. If the money was as bad as a lot of these public employees make it out to be, then there would always be severe shortages of these jobs but there isn't.
Also teacher's unions are just as strong as any public employee union there is, so not sure why you singled out the cops and firemen's union.
Because I've seen a teacher's salary after taxes and benefits are taken out. I'd love to see the throngs of FT police officers being paid $30-40k. Unfortunately, that is the case in some of the sh!tty areas of the state, but everywhere else, they're paid double that and the riskiest part of their job is avoiding traffic accidents, don't even need a college degree, which you would need to be a teacher....
I'd also be willing to bet the cop in the town next to mine who plowed into a Toyota Corolla with a 10 year old sitting in the passenger seat and then some poor guy's fence trying to pull over someone with an expired tag didn't get a ticket...bet he got some paid time off instead.... If I jammed on the gas hard enough to throw the back end out going 5 mph and hit a car in the opposite lane of traffic, I'd get a reckless driving ticket... I'm not a cop though.