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anonymous Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 8:33 AM
As a retired teacher, I remember the time before unions when each individual went before the Superintendant & lobbied for a pay raise. Men were higher paid than women, if you were disliked for any reason, you got little or no raise. If you got pregnant, a married teacher was fired or laid off, If you needed an emergency day to go to court, see an MD, bring a wife home from hospital with a newborn,etc. you had to give 2 weeks notice to the Super. & be docked a day's pay IF it was OKed. Unions in the public area have done much good. Public servants should not be less favored than non-public. Also the raise anyone got bore little relationship to the cost of living, so most of us worked two jobs to support the family.
Jeff3820 Wrote: Jun 06, 2012 7:35 AM
Yes, I think there are enough worker protections in the law to make it better for teachers today. By the way, I think Superintendent pay is atrocious too! Part of the frustration of being a teacher is working with the albatross of a bureaucracy that's been set up to monitor them.
2ndamendment Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 2:59 PM
anonymous teacher, Pullllease, We all paid the price to give workers today a better world. We all sacrificed to provide for our families. Unions had a place in history but they were not the only warriors in the battle to make corporations answerable. My ancestors worked coal mines and farms. Now we live in a new world that gives individuals and groups the right to sue corporations into bankruptcy for abuses and discrimination. Corporations can still fire people but it is up to each of us to market ourselves to get that new job and continue to provide for our families. For too many years unions circled the wagons around the incompetent teachers and union hacks. Time to give up that gold plated pension.
BK22 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 9:26 AM
Yes and now...unqualified teachers are protected, teachers cannot choose to NOT be in the Union, teachers contribute little to their own pensions and healthcare while the rest of us must carry them....NO this has got to stop. Education has become a farse with lower and lower staudent scores and graduation rates. NO allow the employers who pay for public employees vote on benefits...taxpayers are footing the bills but have no say in how or how much is spent.

GO Scott Walker...you carry the fate of the country in your hands.
NyetToTheLeft Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 8:53 AM
thanks for the history lesson. No company or government can treat a worker like you have described and not get sued.....so what is your point? You are living in the past.

Big election in Wisconsin tomorrow. Big. There is a lot on the line for people that consider themselves fiscal conservatives.

Many of my Democratic/Independent friends will tell me, “I am fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” Fine, I am cool with that. People on the social divide of issues like abortion will never agree. But they should be cool with

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