Unions are social parasites. I'm not talking about teachers, I'm talking about the unions themselves. And all pensions should be eliminated. I'm equal opportunity that way. They just don't work and that's why they've virtually disappeared from the private sector.Also, honestly, did Walker offer to sit down with the unions and negotiate before he started calling them social parasites? Did walker offer to cut his own and legislative pensions?
You can't see what is wrong with teachers unions? Public education should be about improving student outcomes. Unions don't care about that. They want to improve teacher pensions and paychecks while protecting $#@!ty teachers from being fired. And they sure as hell want to protect their political capital that helps them accomplish the above. Public sector unions have become so powerful that they are on the verge of bankrupting many states across our country. You don't see the problem?Teachers unions are for the teachers. That is why they are called teacher's unions. Why is it so wrong for a group of people to associate, pool their voices, in order to negotiate higher pay, pensions, whatever?
We're going to have to do it. Cuts have to go across the board. Union members are not special. They get to share the pain. They dont' get to be exempt from it.Finally, are for cutting SS benefits? Because that would help get our fiscal house in order as well.
WEA TrustWisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - they 'collectively bargained' for
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It turns out that collective bargaining is one of the ways that the Teacher's Union is stealing from the taxpayers of Wisconsin. A union-mandated high-cost health plan that is owned by the union is milking the taxpayers by charging premiums that far exceed market norms, and are doing so with impunity or apparent recourse.
From the report by the folks at the Education Act Group Foundation and MacIver Institute:
Here are a few simple, startling facts for anyone concerned about the financial condition of Wisconsin public schools.
WEA Trust, an insurance company established and closely associated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), siphons millions of crucial dollars from K-12 schools and their students every year.
WEA Trust has grown very fat on public school dollars, with a net worth of $316 million and a team of 12 administrators all receiving compensation packages worth six figures per year.
Sadly, this insurance swindle is endorsed by state law. We at Education Action Group believe it's time for the citizens of Wisconsin to demand that their school boards be allowed to freely shop for less expensive employee health insurance.
That's particularly important in the current economic environment, when schools have been forced to lay off teachers, curtail student programs, privatize services and, in some districts, seek permission from voters to exceed their local revenue caps.
The problem is state law, which makes the identity of a school district's employee health insurance carrier a topic of collective bargaining. That means school boards and local school employee unions must agree on the insurance company that will provide health coverage.
So most unions have traditionally come to the negotiating table demanding expensive WEA Trust insurance coverage, and the strategy has been effective. About 64 percent of Wisconsin's 426 districts carry WEA Trust insurance, despite its prohibitive costs.
Why do union employees demand WEA Trust coverage?
WEA Trust offers what is commonly known as the "Cadillac" of school employee health coverage. It earned that moniker for two very good reasons - the health coverage is very thorough, and the cost to local school districts is very high.
WEAC pressures its local union officials to stick with WEA Trust. One district administrator told us about a meeting where everyone present, including union employees, agreed that a non-WEA health plan would be better for the district. He said state WEAC representatives were present and argued in favor of WEA Trust, just because it's the union's insurance brand.
[...] Collective bargaining also adversely affects some districts that aren't covered by WEA Trust. The best recent example is the Milwaukee school district, where the deficit-plagued schoolboard tried to save $48 million and avoid hundreds of teacher layoffs last spring by switching from an expensive health plan to a lower-cost plan. The union said no, and the layoffs occurred.
Many observers agree that the best answer is to allow or force all public school employees into the state employee health insurance plan, which they say would be less expensive than WEA Trust, at least for most schools. Part of that strategy would be to take the identity of the insurance carrier off the collective bargaining table, so school boards would be free to join the state plan without union approval.
Other observers would simply set school boards free to seek whatever insurance coverage is best for their districts, whether it's part of the state plan or not.
This isn't about punishing teachers, improving schools or saving money. It's about the Republicans trying to hurt the Democrats in the wallet. Walker isn't an evil mastermind. He's a ball-lick who does what he's told. I really can't believe how $#@!ing naive some of you are.
And why private schools perform better.Of course. That's why magnet schools perform so well. They get to pick their students.
Exactly! Furthermore, How are unions any different than lobbies representing businesses and corporations concerns and interests? You don't think they have governor's and legislator's ears?Teachers unions are for the teachers. That is why they are called teacher's unions. Why is it so wrong for a group of people to associate, pool their voices, in order to negotiate higher pay, pensions, whatever?
Was Walker's decision to cut corporate taxes while weaking unions done in a vacuum? No. He chose one special interest over another. Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to make a judgement on Walker's choice.
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1. Told each business to join or elseother businesses would not do business with them. Grocers wouldn't sell them food, gas stations wouldn't sell them gas, the electric company wouldn't sell them electricity.
2. Told each business what the wage scale was. If an employee or union had a different idea, tough.
2. Told them what prices to charge.
Suppose most busnesses support this Chamber of Commerce because profits are much higher than otherwise.
John Rockefeller did this sort of thing and it was outlawed. Businesses can't engage in monopolistic practices, establish cartels or price fix. Unions can.
Walker is a slime ball politician, using his governor platform to campaign for a national ticket, he is fundraising in Oklahoma and Illinois that is ALL you need to know about him.
Suppose this: Suppose teacher's were getting fired because they failed the star quarterback, or because they didn't support a certain school board candidate, or because parents complained because they gave too much homework. What defense would a teacher in a right to work state have against being fired for one of those reasons? School districts did this sort of thing all the time, and it wasn't outlawed.
Teacher's unions exist for that very reason. Yes, they are protecting their own, because they need protecting, since the legislatures aren't protecting them.
Tennhorn: from your link:Did Walker sit down and negotiate in good faith, logically, calmly, presenting the first option, explaining the need? Or did he immediately go public with the "social parasite" theme?Many observers agree that the best answer is to allow or force all public school employees into the state employee health insurance plan, which they say would be less expensive than WEA Trust, at least for most schools. Part of that strategy would be to take the identity of the insurance carrier off the collective bargaining table, so school boards would be free to join the state plan without union approval.
Other observers would simply set school boards free to seek whatever insurance coverage is best for their districts, whether it's part of the state plan or not.
And the second option, allowing local school boards to pick "whatever is best for the district". I would rather get my health care from a voodoo witch doctor than allow the gang of numbnuts that constitute my local school board pick my health insurance plan.
Unions and pols sit down and decide how to divy up taxpayer dollars in return for votes and campaign contributions. If you don't see the inherent conflict of interest there, I can't help you.
Probably, yeah. To me, the other side of the coin is what is one's ending salary after a long career. Probably less than a teacher.Most people who graduate from college start at less than that salary
i am speculating, but i would imagine public school teaching has less monetary advancement over one's career than any other profession that requires a college degree.
Fightin' Buck: you're a teacher, right? I don't doubt that teachers don't earn enough. One of the problems appears to be the excess bureaucracy in the school systems (i.e. too many administrators). I'd guess to venture that is where most of the money leaks out of the system.
There are some fantastic teachers that earn far too little. These are the top of the pyramid types (call it 10%), and I would love to see them incentivized where they could earn 100k plus if they were good, and could demonstratably prove that they are killing it with student achievement (and I'm not talking about passing the TASK- I'm talking about the kind that takes kids that weren't passing and makes them pass- or takes kids scoring in the 10th percentile and gets them up to the 40th or 50th).
Then, there is the majority of people on campus, who probably earn a fair wage. They do their job, at least passably, and the kids more or less learn, without any major dust ups. That's probalby about 50 or 60% of the campus, and they are making a fair wage (this is where I'd put myself at as a teacher).
Then, there is the 30% of campus that sucks- complains about everything, weasels out of doing anything extra to help the kids, plays movies for a week at a time that aren't even related to subject material). These people need to be fired, probably. And if not fired they are stealing money and grossly overpaid for their worth.
Chebacca was blamming an institution that is doing its job. If politicans give corporations favorable legislation that harms the environment or harms the taxpayer in some way, I don't blame corporations -- I blame politicians.
Blame is for people who aren't doing what they are paid/supposed to do.
If a corporation harms the environment I can sue them in court.
MilitaryWhere else can you work for 30 years and then retire and collect a paycheck and benefits for another 40 years?
No, he needs to be stopped for the same reason scandals tend to end political careers. Slime balls out of office.
As for tax payers at the table? since when do you people support participatory democracy? did politicians put the people at the table when they declare war? no because the way the system was framed was representative democracy, the politicians represent the people ergo they are the people.
For the record I prefer participatory democracy, but I do not change my mind when it suits me.
BTW, still waiting for someone to tell me how unions help student outcomes in public schools...
Public schools suck. They don't teach kids to think anymore. They spend all their time preparing kids for state mandated tests so they can keep their funds up. Most of my family is in education and they have never seen such a sorry state of students. Private schools spend the same amount of money per student as public school. The problem with education in this country is not an easy fix. It needs to be completely reorganized. The public school system is producing 1/2 it's graduates with an inability to prosper or hold a job in the global economy. This means 1/2 the country will be nothing more than a ward of the state. Money is not the issue
Seriously, you wanna go down that road ? What politician doesn't want to curry favor with specific voting blocks ? Oh yeah state candidates get their Fu ding from their star political orgs who in turn also get money from the national parties. So don't try to tell me he's unique in his actions.
He came into office and ousted a group that had become self serving at the expense of students and the state. This is a concept people on both sides of the aisle need to wrap their heads around. We need to cut spending everywhere. Everyone needs to share in this pain.
Unions have out lived their original purpose and now act as major voting blocks for whichever part will give them the most concessions(SEE: democrats do this with precision).
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Got it he shares your ideology so it is ok.
He is ponds$#@! but that has never stopped the republican party supporting morally dubious characters like Perry, Palin, Gingrich and what not.
Trolling Governors is now the Republican standard for decency, too bad its backfiring in Washington state with their candidate stating that he is under no certain terms a Scott Walker.
It's damn easy to promise everybody everything under the sun (SEE: most democrat election platforms) .it's the leader who tells people we need to make changes and does it.
Oh, and about my ideology, I'd love to be able to help everyone, who really needed help and was trying to help themselves at the same time, but we cannot go on funding every program and think the. Obey will magically show up. Reality is my world not idealism or ideology.
British Horn, public schools don't all suck. Many are as good if not better than private schools. Our state schools are among the best in the country. The country schools in our district compete with the private schools for the number of kids get into the Ivys. We don't have teacher unions and have magnet schools within the public schools that kids apply to (math and science, language, engineering, international baccalaureate, performing arts). It all begins with the parents though. No involvement by parents and no success at school
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He is not fixing $#@!, he is feeding you BS about fixing it while touring the national circuit, he does not give a $#@! about Wisconsin, its just a stepping stone he can leave in ashes or in health.
You think he is driving in the right direction, but only because of ideology, there is no science behind his reasoning (nor is there really a possibility).
The idea of representative democracy is accountability, he has none because he is eyeing the national spotlight.
Many states are going to have to address their unions and pensions soon or they'll be $#@!ed. Wringing your hands and saying how everyone's motives are not pure also won't change anything.
I find curious the repeated assertion that taxpayers have no seat at a table which has a seat at it for their elected representative.
Rather than such reach such an obviously untrue conclusion, why are so many actively ignorant of the simple reality that our pols act as we want them to act, and that we, collectively, want our pols to act stupidly?
And what do think he is doing in Oklahoma and Illinois? The difference between the Local unions and Walker is that Walker can skip the state for the national stage regardless of result, Unions still have to live in Wisconsin and suffer his failures (or success).
Why you guys can't see this moral corruption, you are just pining for an authoritarian to non-violently crush competition so that your ideology can be implemented. Democracy is too tepid for your tastes.
I can understand emergencies but WI was not even remotely in need of the nuclear option. Just a hundred million or two over budget.
You think Walker is only fighting local unions? How quaint.
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