When people make the decision to go into the public sector for less money and finite earning potential, they do so with the understanding that other aspects of their employment will compensate for reduced income, i.e. benefits and pension. So it is, and so has it always been.
Why is this such a hot-button issue now? Because inefficient state governments have urinated away taxpayers’ money on unnecessary expenditures and now want to recoup it on the backs of municipal employees.