The Wisconsin legislature has a bill before it that would strip many of its state employees of their rights for collective bargaining (but not firefighters or police). As I understand it, if passed, this bill would alter the terms of the current contract.
Okay, I understand the need for states to bring their deficits and debt under control. I even agree that it's fair for state employee compensation, raises, and benefits be brought in line with public sector jobs. However, I don't think it's right for a government to be able to alter a contract that was negotiated in good faith by both sides by passing a law voiding some, if not all, aspects of it. The workers effectively have no recourse.
No private sector organization could reasonably expect to do this and not get sued.
The Democrats are stalling, but it is probably inevitable that this bill will eventually pass. If it does, I hope that it makes a fast track to the U.S. Supreme Court. While there's a Republican majority there, if upheld, the precedent for contract law would be criminal and anti-business. Effectively, it would mean that the government could alter any contract that they found inconvenient.
That's not right.