I think this is a overreaction to the word "union" and some people are conditioned to freak out over that.
I sure hope that is the case. But, I do believe that "the powers that be" are risking far more than they should with this...a small stipend would have satisfied nearly everyone. This? Who knows if it will have a dramatic effect or no effect at all?
GFOA December 2014:
“Nebraska's back, and we're here to stay! "