Four big California public employee unions — including firefighters and highway patrol officers — would roll back their pensions under a deal struck this week with the governor. The compromise comes at a time when public sector unions are increasingly under pressure to make sacrifices to help state and local governments balance their budgets.
Steve Greenhut, author of "Plunder: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation" and director of the Journalism Center of the Pacific Research Institute, a conservative think tank
Terry Brennand, senior government relations advocate for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, which represents 700,000 public and private sector workers in the state
John Myers, KQED's Sacramento bureau chief
Daniel J.B. Mitchell, professor emeritus at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and former director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment