If the republicans think this is the right and honorable thing to do, that is increase a state employee's rate of pay by a previously acceptable amount commensurate with their years of service when that employee is currently working under an expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA or "union contract"), then PA 54 of 2011 should simply be repealed.
If it is NOT right and honorable to award pay increases to state employees that are working under an expired CBA, then the law should be applied equally to all state employees and those wage increases should not be awarded.
I think passage of this type of legislation divides state employees into groups that deserve fair treatment and those that don't; those that have earned consideration and those whose contributions and time served are not considered; employees that are looked upon favorably or with contemp; and employees that are above the law (PA 54 of 2011) and those that must suffer under that same law.
The fact that this bill is being put forth for consideration shines a bright light on this particular political party's practice of legislating punitive treatment of specific groups of people. We came to North America to escape this kind of treatment. We fought a revolution so under self-rule we could be treated equally under the law and fought a bloody Civil War to preserve this union and extend our freedom to those who were not free. We fought a world war to defeat an oppressive government and only at the end saw the horror of government sponsored hate against specific groups of people and how easy it was for them to pass laws against membership in certain groups of people.
This legislation AND PA 54 of 2011 AND all of the other legislation passed by this congress that deals with limiting the rights of our public employees points the finger of shame and disdain on all citizens of Michigan. That we would treat our public employees with such contempt is inconceivable in The United States of America. We trust our security, our safety, and put our children in the hands of these professionals. These are our friends, neighbors, relatives, and family and this is how we treat them? Shame on us, shame on this Michigan congress, but mostly, shame on us for allowing this to occur in our state.