Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Someone got me started... Teachers' Unions (Are Good!!)

In response to a thread on Facebook that was discussing Teacher's Unions...

Somebody said something along the lines of "If you think teachers unions care about the "kids," I got a bridge for sale ..."

Well... Here's a reply!

Teacher's Unions aren't *meant* to care about the children - they are *meant* to care about the teachers...

That's what unions are supposed to do - represent workers.
Insure a fair wage in a safe workplace, with insurance and other benefits...
Make sure that they get paid for extra hours or extra days...
Insure that the idea of "weekends" doesn't just disappear...
Make sure that there is "just cause" and a paper-trail prior to terminating someone's employment, rather than a shift in the political winds, or having irritated the wrong person...

The unions are the *only* remaining defense against the "New Robber Barons" and the workplace atrocities of years gone-by (or still here, in the Third World) - that must be it!!!

Wait! I've got it!

These people are secretly Communists looking to drag us down to create equality with our sisters and brothers in the Third World!!!
How could I have missed that for so long???
They've been saying, "The Union People should have to do "X" like "we" do..."
Always bringing the unions down to their level and never questioning why they should not be *elevated* to the Union level....
Tax cuts to the wealthy, giant loopholes for corporations, yet these same people insist that Union members should tighten their belts because other members of the working class are getting a raw deal!

OK... we shall all meet at the bottom, then!

Ah... wait.... I have to change my answer....

There is no way in hell that I would be willing to throw my entire way-of-life out the window until I see a *very* big pile of castoffs from those one-percenters who have 99% of the wealth in the entire world (Many, not *all*, but many, are people that were born on Third Base and think they hit a Triple!) They never seem willing to give up on anything, or tighten any belts...

Tell ya what - Let's fix the folks getting the raw deal, and not defame the rare few whom have managed to hang on to one of the last shreds of worker protection in the USA.... These people are not getting anything better for you, but *without* them, you'll never get anything better...

And like you may have seen posted elsewhere today, here are some words to the wise:

A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across the table and takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea Partier, and says,"Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie."

For a great look at why unions are essential, see

Don't drag them down... get yourself elevated, and get the greedy, filthy paws of the *rich* out of your pockets!


Just because it applies to the "Teachers' Union" discussion, here is another piece via Facebook that addresses the plight of our teachers... (May Be A Repost, But It Is Still Good Info!)

This is great... Read this if you appreciate or even hate teachers.
Eedroj Remier on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 4:42pm

Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only for the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan — that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.

Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30?
So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!!
I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 peryear. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those Special Education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour.
That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here!
There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation-wide) is $50,000.
$50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student!
(A very inexpensive baby-sitter AND they even EDUCATE your kids!)


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