Five years ago I went on a trip with a friend, who had been a teaching for ten years, and I was making just slightly more than he was. I was absolutely shocked because my job is considered one of the most poorly paid jobs amongst my friends, and I hadn't had the tenure in my private sector job that he had with his teaching position.
Another friend is a teacher. She recently had her third child, and she wanted to take 8 weeks off. Her administration would only allow her to take 6 weeks maternity paid, and so she asked to take 2 weeks off unpaid. Her administrators told her to talk to her union if she wanted to do that, but as it stands, she needed to be back to work in 6 weeks.
This divide and conquer between private/public sector workers is just making the lives of good people miserable.