These “teachers” should be fired. The schools should be DECOMMISSIONED. They are holding pens.
These “teachers”, and I use the term loosely. SOME of them are and MOST are not. MOST want to be, but there are precluding factors that make it impossible. And inner city “teachers” really can’t be teaching ANYTHING. They have no ability to do it. The system is not set up for teaching. The system is set up for the inhumane treatment of children. That’s a whole other subject that I choose NOT to partake in here.
The anger going at the teachers is from the PRIVATE sectors JOBS. People that are not WORKERS (a term from the Socialist Republics), but EMPLOYEES, who might even have private shares in the companies that the are employed by. An employee is not a subject. A worker is.
Unions are the reason we have child labor laws, worker safety protections, the 40 hour work week & weekends.
Some of these teachers have used the children in these protests and that is ironic. The Child labor law that were created BY the unions were created JUST SO CHILDREN WOULD NOT BE USED IN THIS WAY. They are DOING exactly what the business’, that were unregulated against inhumane treatment of minors, were doing PRIOR to the creation of CHILD labor laws. To strike for a WORKER by a child IS, putting that CHILD to WORK. This is reprehensible. Most student who were USED. Had no real understanding, fundamentally of the issues. They only have ONE side. I know that the students must feel protective of their teachers, after all, the teachers are like family. They have little relationship to their own parents due to the governmental laws REQUIRING the institutionalizing of children. The more stories I read and then go to the comments, the people are saying that the kids that are there are clueless about what the actual issue is.
Business had to change in America. To toss out the argument that without unions HUMAN rights abuses would come back to the fro is an insult to business in America. Laws have been adopted so that that could not occur. It’s an insult to ones intellect to USE that “argument.”
Most government jobs pay about 5-50% MORE than that of the private sector. The government job USED to mean that you get paid LESS, but you get compensated for that through perks, time off, benefits paid and the assurance that in an economic DOWN TURN your job is secure.
But what happens when the government jobs now pay more, still get compensated with time off, benefits paid and assurance of a job? These jobs become a BURDEN on society. When the private sector can’t compete against the government sector, THAT creates SOCIALISM.
Socialism is not the foundation of this country. The country and it’s people came together to FORM A UNION. The country was not conquered to IMPOSE A UNION.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Yet, impose is whats being done. The UNIONS give great amounts of MONEY to the lobbyists which are mostly comprised of the democrat party. The private sector has NO one. The Republicans were supposed to be THAT, but the money from large unions have squashed the voices of the REST OF US. The big, used to be private companies, are no longer: GE, GM, the big banks, and EDUCATION – industries, full industries are put under the GOVERNMENT CONTROL. This IS not FREE enterprise. This is a government control, not unlike any other Communist / Socialist country. There IS NO DIFFERENCE! So, when you look to your right and that liberal is talking about spreading the wealth and he’s wealthy. It’s because, at a certain level of wealth, they are PART of the government mechanism and see themselves as such. They UNDERSTAND that THEY are part of the IN crowd that controls the LITTLE people – you.
Unions were once necessary, when the dehumanizing conditions of the EMPLOYEES were in the Sovereign hands of the CAPITALISTS (entrepreneurs), but today the roles have flipped, but the sovereign hands didn’t go to the EMPLOYEES. Oh, no. The employees are no longer EMPLOYEES. They are WORKERS. They don’t really work for themselves. They don’t work FOR the COMPANY. The company works for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and the WORKER is working for a wage PROVIDED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.Vodpod videos no longer available.
So, you see, the GOVERNMENT is the center and ALL are SUBJECT TO IT. This has happened in less the 100 years. This country is less than 300 years old. How quickly a FREE nation has succumbed to the tyranny of a government grown so large that the PEOPLE no longer matter and the LARGESS can stomp on the Constitution that is supposed the protect the sovreigncy of each state so that the PEOPLE could be truly FREE in a Free country. This is no longer the case.
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Michigan Carpenters Union Outsources Protesters
Wisconsin: Ground zero in battle over clout of labor unions in US
At stake in the fight between unions and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the perception of public-sector unions and how much clout they’ll retain in an era of tight budgets for state and local government.
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By Mark Trumbull, Staff writer / February 19, 2011
A pitched political battle in Wisconsin, which gathered momentum with dueling rallies by labor union fans and foes Saturday, has grown into something broader than a debate about policies in a single state.
What’s at stake is the perception of public-sector labor unions in the US, and how much clout they’ll be able to retain in an era of tight budgets for state and local government.
It’s a debate that goes echoes beyond the Midwest, and it resonates with many taxpayers who see union workers as enjoying premium benefit packages at their expense.
In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) argues that state employees should help fund their retirement plans by paying half of needed contributions into pension plans. The cost would equal about 5.8 percent of a typical state worker’s paycheck.
As governors and legislatures struggle to balance their budgets, labor costs are one of the biggest expenses they face. Although unionized workers don’t make up a majority of state employees, they account for a much higher share there than in the private sector.
Some 40 percent of public-sector workers are represented by labor unions, versus 7.7 percent of workers in the private sector, where union ranks have been declining for years.
So, how does union pay in the public sector stack up against that of private sector workers?
Here’s a quick reality check:
• Weekly earnings are $917 for the typical union worker employed by state government in the US. That compares with $703 for the comparable wage-and-salary worker in the private sector, and $855 for the comparable unionized employee in the private sector. (These Labor Department numbers are the median amounts earned by workers in the second quartile, or roughly the middle of the income spectrum.)
• Weekly earnings have grown at a similar pace for union and non-union workers in the past decade. Without adjusting for inflation, wages are up 33 percent in the private sector for the typical worker. The comparable figures are 31 percent for private sector union workers, and 33 percent for government union workers.
• For state employees, there’s a union versus non-union gap in wage gains. Union pay has risen 36 percent in the past decade, while non-union state employees saw wages rise just 27 percent – roughly holding steady with inflation.
• On benefits, union compensation is higher – and has been rising faster – for government workers than for non-government workers. (These numbers, from the Labor Department, don’t break union and non-union into separate categories). The cost of hourly benefits averaged $13.85 per hour in the public sector in the third quarter of 2010, up 32 percent in seven years. By contrast, private sector benefits averaged $8.20 per hour, up 23 percent in that same time frame.
Does all this mean that public-sector unions should see a cut in their pay, their benefits, or their political clout? That’s a volatile political question, as the shouting and speechifying in Madison, Wis., attests.
On Saturday, Democrats and Republicans in the state’s legislature were sparring over what elements of Governor Walker’s bill might be negotiable. Republicans say Democrats should return to the state, after their dramatic departure earlier this week, so a vote on the bill can occur.
The debate in Wisconsin is not just about pensions, paychecks, and the health of state finances. Labor supporters say Governor Walker’s demands also include “union-busting” policies, such as an effort to prevent the collection of union membership dues through public paychecks.
The budget battles don’t hinge entirely around union pay. But as states cut a range of public services, and seek ways to stay financially on track for the long term, you can expect union compensation to remain part of the debate.