I think the jobs are being held hostage now, the missing democrats have every right to walk out IMO, especially because the bill being passed seems to go against what the majority of Wisconsin voters are asking for. Maybe the issue is worth riding out the threat of 1,500 jobs lost, even if the layoffs are imminent and there are still contracts in place then some rules might need to be followed.
Those contracts with the union employees should have plenty of layoff provisions, one example is there may be overtime rules that require work week(hour)reductions before any employee with 20+years seniority could be laid off. A well written contract should protect senior workers the most and surely the higher ups would rather break any contract with the workers and then layoff the higher paid old timers (rabble-rousers)and keep the younger workers at the lower wage rate. Another example of a contract requirement may be that any department laying off employees would be forced to reduce or eliminate any outside(non union)contractors that have been temporarily hired to work for that particular department.
If layoffs do need to take place they should be done according to the rules both sides agreed to. As for union workers being lazy protected workers I would argue that management is at fault as much if not more than the unions for their inability to manage their employees at the workplace.
Walker issues raises in(2008):
Walker issues hefty raises to top Milwaukee County aides - JSOnline
The below portion of this bill does not seem reasonable:
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16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling,and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may
contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is
considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).