Saturday, June 2, 2012
Myths and Lies
soI was listening to liberal radio (92.1 FM the Devil's advocates) when it occurred to me, the whole argument about public schools is based on lies. Dom's argument was that if collective bargaining is restored the teachers would rob the taxpayers. This is the same argument used against state employees. The problem is that the process is that wages and benefits are negotiated with the school board in the case of teachers or the state joint employee relations committee. Then these proposed contracts are approved by the voters for teachers and the entire legislature and governor in the case of state employees. If there is no settlement it could go to binding arbitration, which very rarely happens. So, tell me again how the unions demand and get their way? If people are angry they need to vote the people making the decisions out of office. I'm angry that teachers in my district are getting 2.1% which is the rate of inflation as stated in Act 10. The district got the "tools" and punted. The state employees are getting 0% as they have for the past 3 years. In the case of state workers was dissolving collective bargaining necessary when workers were currently operating under furloughs (3% pay cut) and 0% salary increases. Now they have an effective 12-20% pay reduction depending on salary and they will likely be asked to contribute more to insurance and retirement next year as they have been every year for the last 6 years. At the state level this was totally unnecessary. The employees had accepted these cuts, they did not rob the taxpayer. The media should be reporting in the reality based world.