On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, Judge Eileen Willett of Maricopa County, Arizona, ruled that the Arizona pension law, very similar to that being proposed in Illinois, which insists that those who wish to keep their present pension plan must pay more, is unconstitutional.
This is a source of hope. Granted, it is a low-level decision, but how much will these cash-strapped states fight a ruling that will no doubt go all the way to the corrupt US Supreme Court? I venture to say that this is unlikely. Still, for veteran teachers who have been nervous about the onslaught of anti-union legislation by Koch-financed politicians, this is a good sign.