Strike Three

Wouldn’t it be grand if you had incredible job security, cheap health care, a government pension, three months off a year all with a decent, middle class wage?  It sure would!  How can you get such a good deal?  That’s easy!  Join the Wisconsin Education Association Council, a teachers union.

All of these perks are taxpayer funded.  If they are anything like Pennsylvania teacher’s unions, they acquired their cushy situation through strikes and threats of strikes that hold schoolchildren hostage.  Currently teachers in Wisconsin make average salary for an elementary school teacher of $51, 240 while middle school educators earned $50,950 and high school teachers earned $49, 400, all while only paying 0.2 percent for their pensions and 4 to 6 percent of their health care costs.  Where can I sign up?!

However, big, bad Republicans want to put an end to this.  You see, the state currently is operating with a $3.6 BILLION budget shortfall and the current government was elected on the promise to cut spending and get the budget in order.  They propose ending teachers ability to enter collective barganing while having them pay 5.8 percent to their pensions and 12.6 percent to their health care.  Sounds like you at your job… right?

Here comes the best part.  Teachers across the state marched on the capitol to protest.  They shut down school in other to keep schools open.  Come again?

Democratic politicians didn’t even show up to work today for the bill’s vote, sending police out searching for them.  “It’s kind of unbelievable that they’re elected to do a job and they wouldn’t show up to do it,” Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald told Fox News.  Reportedly, all 14 of them have left the state entirely!

Personally, I like teachers.  I think they do a good job in education our young.  What I DON’T like is how they hold those same children hostage every couple of years in order to get more from taxpayers.  You couldn’t do that at your job, and neither should they.  They have incredible job security, as there will always be more children to teach, but that doesn’t always mean there will be more taxpayer money to spend.  I’m glad that the teachers there earn a middle class wage, but it’s time for them to pay for their health care and such like the rest of us.

Just because you work for the government and work with children doesn’t mean you are entitled to more then your fair share.


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