This is exactly why the Southern European countries are having a hard time reducing spending. Could you imagine the Department of Education going on strike because its budget was being cut?
This article shows two issues that are making the transition to a sustainable government challenging. The first issue is that entrenched special interests are fighting tooth and nail over spending cuts to their special programs. The second issues is that this is no way to run anything. Rather than allocating precious resources to where they are needed, the squeaky wheel will get the grease.