The rank and file may still not see the writing on the wall, but the leaders certainly have known where this is going to wind up for quite a while now. I have to give credit to the protesters though. 70,000 is a BIG number, and to sustain 10s of thousands for 2-3 days shows some serious conviction, especially in the light of the beating they knew they would take over not being faithful to the students or their profession. They put up a good fight. But there never was any other outcome other than collective bargaining having to disappear, for a while, at least. And it might have even been a good fight if they had ever had a real chance of winning it (if there were other budgetary options). Good game, boys!