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Teacher’s Union makes concessions so why is Walker standing pat?

Posted on: February 26, 2011

Walker’s Big Bet | The Weekly Standard.

People are asking why gov. Walker is still holding out to stop the unions from being able to bargain for their pay and benefits now that the unions have offered to pay some of their own retirement benefits and some of their health care insurance.  the following article is a good own and explains just what and why the Governor is holding out.  Remember this why reading this article: unions have made a lot of verbal promises and then changed their “minds” later.  As Gov. Walker knows this is a battle he MUST win.

Have you notice it is our state governments and governors who are showing backbone in tackling problems?  I hope the Congress people;e in Washington are watching how it is done and maybe will try a bit of back bone stiffening themselves—-especially the Old Dogs who will be voted out in 2012!

I hope you have also noticed the thuggish moves of the unions during all this.  AND, the unions are also busing in their people to capital cities in other states to protest.  Note the signs and protest methods then ask yourself how they compare to the Tea Party Movement.  Now I wonder why these people aren’t being vilified by the Main Stream Media (MSM) big three news channel (ABC< NBC< CBS)?  BB

So teachers are offering to accept Walker’s proposal that they contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pension (up from almost nothing) and pay about 12 percent for health insurance premiums (up from about 6 percent). That’s real money: about $4,000 before taxes for a teacher making $50,000 in base pay. But the increased contributions would still be only about half what a typical worker pays. With these two changes, Walker’s office projects school districts would save about $1 billion over two years—roughly the same amount by which the new budget will reduce state outlays to the schools.

If teachers are willing to make these concessions, why is it necessary to curtail collective bargaining? While Walker’s legislation would require all public employees, including teachers, to contribute more to the statewide pension program, its increase in health insurance premium payments does not apply to teachers unless implemented by school districts. The bill gets rid of collective bargaining for benefits in order to give the districts the option of increasing health insurance premium payments.

Get that?  If the unions keep their ability to legally bargain for benefits then the school boards and counties and tax payers all over the state are still able to be held up for ransom.

Please read the entire article.  It is a good one.  BB

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