Here is some video from the House Floor involving Senate Bill 5.
Should these union employees be upset? No, public sector jobs have for a long time been immune to the economic pressures imposed on the communities that must pay for them. Over the last decade taxpayers have watched a majority of the public sector jobs, particularly teachers, police officers, and others outpace their own wages. And with the union contracts strain on budgets, management has their hands tied on how to deal with the issue, when it’s discovered that the contracts are too costly. What’s happened is because nobody was able to manage the run-away increases in wages and step-increases, costs have exploded, making it very difficult for taxpayers to fund the expectations created by collective bargaining. Look at these figures below to understand the problem.
Source Page for data: http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Public_v._private_sector_salaries
There is no question that employees of the public sector have been promised great pay, benefits and security well into the future. But what has happened is they were lied to by their unions that recklessly negotiated contracts then prevented any sort of management of those contracts by the taxpayer. And this is why Senate Bill 5 is needed, to bring balance back into the equation of budget allocation. Because what these charts show is that left to their own devices public sector unions will take everything they can get, and have become what they accused big business of being, and that’s a greedy entity seduced by power, and not caring what the impact to the tax payer is, so long as they get what they want.