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Unions Tell Taxpayers: “We have no confidence in you.”

rigby4 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:32 AM
Who complains more than teachers. They only work 8 months a year!
ropati Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 12:38 PM
I know of no teacher, short of some private college teachers, who teaches eight months a year. My "summer vacation" this year (for which I was not paid) lasted exactly one day less than two months. During this time, I spent three weeks taking courses to update my academic skills. My school district did not pay for these seminars, nor the expense incurred getting to and from the meetings. And I am not complaining.
Jerome49 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 11:49 AM
That's not really true. The vast majority of teachers aren't doing the complaining, it's their union leaders who do that. Many teachers would rather not be in the union, but school boards have agreed to deduct union dues automatically from teacher's paychecks. Right here is where school boards should stand their ground and refuse to make such deductions. For those who want to be in unions, let them pay their dues directly to the unions. Many take additional education classes during summer months to maintain their teaching certificates or gain advanced degrees. Many others prepare lesson plans for the coming school year based on the new text books that are routinely changed and attend compulsory planning sessions.
KYoung43 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:42 AM
Actually with year-round schools, that isn't true anymore; also, teachers who have summers off don't get paid for those idle months. Their 10-month contract is paid in 12 installments if they so choose so they receive a check during the months they don't work. It is money they have already earned, however. The districts keep their $$ and earn interest on the dollars waiting to be paid to the folks who earned it.
tired-of-it Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:57 AM
My daughter is a teacher and she agrees to a contract and for X amount of dollars she teaches for the school year. She has her checks divided into a 12 month period so yes she is geting paid through out the year for a agreed to amount.
Joseph64 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 10:46 AM
Not everyplace has year round schools, and why should they be paid for summers off? Let them work summer jobs if they want to be paid for that time. Can you imagine if you told your boss that you were only going to work for 10 months of the year and that he was still going to pay you for the two months that you won't be working? How long do you think it will be before he decides to fire you?
Jerome49 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 11:59 AM
My first job out of college in 1967 was teaching in the same grade school from which I graduated. The annual salary was $4,500. They asked if I wanted it paid over nine or telve months. Since I was I was married and had a newborn, I opted for nine months so we could eat. At the end of the school year I turned down the offer to return at $5,000 a year and looked for another job.
carolyn41 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 5:36 AM
The man who once did my yard work was a highschool coach who was taking summer classes and worked part-time for the person who had the business.

All over the country, union leaders are demanding that communities cough up extra cash to help “make teachers whole.” And unions around the country are testing the waters with teachers by asking teachers in budget stricken districts to vote “no confidence” in the community to send a message to taxpayers to cough up cash or else.

The “or else?”

Strike.      

Never mind making communities whole; those communities can never be whole under Obama.

As cash-strapped municipalities deal with declining tax revenues and too-rosy assumptions made by administrators and union officials, teachers unions are stamping their feet, holding their breath and...