UPDATED April 5, 2011: I needed to update what WI Teachers actually pay into their own benefits. Before I had it listed at .2%, it is actually .6%. Either way, the tax payers pay 99% of WI Teachers retirement benefits and 94% of their health care.
***March 2011: Wisconsin currently has $61 BILLION in UNFUNDED pensions….
April 2010, long before Walker became Governor of WI, Wisconsin pension funding for teachers falls $10.9 billion short, report says
These are the people “educating” your children while claiming they are not inciting violence at the same time demanding to be paid for not working……shocking !<sarcasm off>
The poor teachers in Wisconsin, over paid and not appreciated, are all up in arms because they have to pay more than .6% into their OWN retirement packages and more than 5-6% into their own health care. The horrible (sarcasm) governor wants them to pay 4-6% of their OWN retirement package and 12.5% of their OWN health care….still way below the private sector. What?
Health Care benefits below and pay information-scroll towards the bottom:
Wisconsin Public School Teacher Health Insurance Benefits
Monthly Insurance Costs for Single: $374
Monthly Insurance Cost for Family: $843
% School Board Pays for Single: 97%
% School Board Pays for Family: 95%
Monthly Board Cost for Single: $363
Monthly Board Cost for Family: $801
Monthly Teacher Cost for Single: $11
Monthly Teacher Cost for Family: $42
And yet UNIONS and less than 15% of America’s workforce that belong to Unions see NOTHING wrong with this? Tax payers are paying 94% of their health care?
As well, they are upset that Governor Walker is seeking to do away with collective bargaining. [Update 3/11/2011: They are not FURIOUS that the bill was passed to do away with MANDATORY union dues and Screw the Tax Payer Mentaility]. Now, they get to keep bargaining their pay, just nothing else.
[Update 3/11/2011: it is worth noting that Governor Walker and the Repub. Law Makers were actually willing to conceed on certain portions of the law, however it wasn’t enough concessions for the 14 Democrats who ran and hide. Ironic how collective bargaining isn’t really bargaining]
Why the worry and uproar?
Right now, in WI, employees are FORCED to join UNIONS and the UNION DUES are FORCED out of their paychecks before they even receive them. The dues are in the hundreds while others in the thousands depending on their pay.
Remind me how American that is?
By ending the collective bargaining: This means less money that is plundered from the tax payers, funneled into UNIONS who then turn around and funnel it to DEMOCRATS, who then turn around and keep laws in place that FORCE workers to pay into UNIONS and force employers to keep poorly peforming UNION workers at all costs.
Kind of reminds me of the old cocaine commercial: I do coke so I can work longer hours so I can make more money so I can do more coke so I can work longer hours so I can make more money…etc…etc….. viscious cycle of legal plundering between the DEMOCRATS and the UNIONS at the cost of the TAX PAYERS!
Collective Bargaining also means that tenured teachers, no matter how poorly they peform get to keep their jobs before a new teacher who has better productivity and performance from her/his students.
The way collective bargaining is designed today: It means that it is easier to try and convict a murderer than it is to terminate a poorly peforming teacher.
It also means that with the next governor, they can go back down to paying only .2% of their retirment and 5-6% of their health care while those in the private sector, how mind you pay the salaries of the state/government employees, have to pay more.
What happened to equality? Isn’t that the LIBERAL MANTRA-EQUALITY? Why aren’t public/union workers expected to pay the same retirement and benefits packages as the private sector as well as being held accountable for the job peformance or lack there of?
Pony up and play the EQUALITY GAME since you preach it in ever other arena!
But, let’s take a look at teachers salaries from states across this nation-trust me, teachers aren’t doing too bad considering they get summers off, holidays off, weekends off, nights off, spring break off-whether they take it or not is irrelevant, they have it off and basically get paid for working less than 9 months of the year.
Wisconsin Teaching Salaries and Benefits
- Green Bay: $55,110
- Kenosha: $68,400
- Madison: $50,770
- Milwaukee: $54,620
- Racine: $49,710
California Teacher Salary and Benefits
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that there were 128,930 secondary teachers in California in 2009, and their average salary was $63,860. However, the top ten percent earned over $91,000 per year.
The following are California secondary teacher salaries from 2009 in selected cities, according to the BLS:
- Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale: $63,370
- Oakland/Fremont/Hayward: $64,630
- Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville: $59,050
- San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City: $64,100
- Santa Ana/Anaheim/Irvine: $73,890
Illinois Teacher Salary Information
It’s clear that Illinois places a high value on public education by offering generous compensation to its teachers. But besides attractive Illinois teacher salaries, most school districts in the state offer a wide range of benefits. Like other districts in the state, Chicago Public Schools offers health and dental coverage, but if you teach in Chicago, you’ll also be eligible for student loan forgiveness, home ownership incentives, and various other perks.(1)
- Champaign/Urbana: $49,580
- Chicago/Naperville/Joliet: $74,530
- Peoria: $52,070
- Rockford: $56,630
- Springfield: $48,210
Washington Teacher Salaries and Benefits
- Bellingham: $54,390
- Seattle: $59,470
- Spokane: $57,030
- Tacoma: $57,650
- Yakima: $54,280
Although base annual salaries for teachers vary widely, one thing teachers in Washington can count on is a competitive benefits package. Besides the reward of a long summer vacation, full-time teachers generally also receive medical and dental insurance, group life insurance, flexible spending accounts, tax-sheltered annuity programs, and other advantages.***
Silly tax payers for thinking that $50,000+ annually plus PLUSH benefits and an opporuntiy to take 3+ months of a year…….silly tax payers for expecting YOU to pay a little bit more into YOUR OWN benefits and be helf accountable for YOUR JOB!!!!!! <sarcasm off>