In Scott Walker's defense, though I'll be the first to admit it's a weak one, taking away collective bargaining would give the state more freedom to adjust more rapidly in accordance with economic shifts, something that GM lacked.
I touched on that briefly earlier, but let me expand on it now -- for the foreseeable future, at least, that won't happen, either. Contracts are already in place for various public worker unions -- some approved before this whole mess began; others, like the ones for the employees of Dane County
(where Madison is located), pushed through in early January when people started sensing trouble.
Between the two contracts, 1,300 workers (more than half of all county employees) have pay and benefits already established through 2014, and I'm guessing it would take some serious maneuvering to get that changed sooner. Experts have already been pointing that out as one of the flaws in Walker's plan; namely, that with all the myriad of local governments out there, and the assorted contracts already in place, it's almost impossible to predict how much any
government, state, county, city, whatever, might manage to save with the loss of collective bargaining, and it isn't likely that they'll be able to adjust much faster to changes, either. I'm afraid the biggest thing they'll have to adjust to is higher unemployment as schools have to cut jobs. :(