Wisconsin Union Protests Have America Seeing Red

Michelle Malkin provides this illuminating tidbit of information. Note the choices of color and the language contained in the memo–a telling clue as to the ideology of the union leaders:

Another educator in Pennsylvania shared the note the teachers’ union there sent out to members orchestrating “solidarity” events:

“Members, Please wear red Tuesday to show solidarity with Wisconsin teachers!

Speak up for workers’ rights

Show your support:

Wear red on Tuesday, Feb. 22

Sign the online petition supporting workers’ rights.

Print ‘We Are One’ stickers to share with your colleagues.”

It’s difficult to feel sympathy for the oppressed educators of Wisconsin when their paid compensation averages $46,390 per annum, and their benefit package exceeds the national average by over 50%.  All this boodle for dealing with an average of only 14.7 students per teacher.  These people have been making out like bandits.  As a Wisconsin resident commented on Milwaukee’s 620 Newsradio site:

“I was at a speech where a Wall Street Journal reporter, commenting on the disastrous decline of the US Auto industry, noted that, “The fact is, General Motors is no longer an automobile company. It is a pension and health care company that makes a few cars on the side.” Whether we want to admit it or not, our government education (I refuse to use the “pubic education” euphemism) system is fast becoming a pension and health care system that educates a few kids (in Milwaukee about 45% of the kids they teach) on the side.”

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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39 Responses to Wisconsin Union Protests Have America Seeing Red

  1. boudicabpi says:

    Hey Bob,
    Not to mention summer off unless they elect to teach at summer school, for extra pay. If schools can be open for “summer school” then theses schools can be open all year long and teachers work year round like the rest of us.
    Bob A.

  2. samiam60 says:

    The average non Union working American is not one bit too happy seeing the huge differences in compensation. Now factor in the tax contributions to these unions and you have a very angry American Public.. The Unions have done shot themselves in the foot with their ofter vulgar approach to protesting and have brought light to bare on their many benefits unavailable to non-working employers. Is it no wonder we cannot compete in a global market place?

  3. Bob Mack says:

    Let’s hope they’re not teaching history or economics. Because it’s apparent that Wisconsin educators don’t know the first thing about either.

    • mike keen says:

      not funny! at least the man is trying to get things done,but there seems to be a lot of rich ass holes who only think what bribes they can get!!

    • Frank Schneider says:

      I fail to understand why “taxpayer-funded” rail improvements are some how less worthy of support than the “taxpayer-funded” highways and airports?

      After all – all forms of transportation are needed to get the Chinese manufactured products from port to the local Walmart!

  4. samhenry says:

    Unions were to have benefited all of us. I had to be part of a municipal workers union when I was a public librarian. The teachers get far better pay and other benefits. We are required to have the same amount of education yet get less pay and benefits. We had to get the kids after school and help them with their homework. I don ‘t see anyone protesting the library closings or the laid off librarians. Everything in this nation is upside down.

  5. TexasFred says:

    Some may call the coming upheaval a *Civil War*, they will be partially correct, it WILL be a WAR, but there won’t be a damned thing CIVIL about it…

  6. Nelson Corn says:

    These states that blame unions for there money problems aren’t fooling anyone. Besides, if all this happens in Wisconsin, the state will promptly “waste” the additional money, everyone knows it. On the other hand, teachers unions having been playing the “for our children” card for too long. Everyone knows this as well. More money for schools, give me a break. If a private company was run like most school districts are run, they would have been out of business a long time ago. The easiest thing in the world to do is spend someone else’s money. Get real. Let’s bail out an other third world country, (Oh, I mean “partner”)

    • Bob Mack says:

      Nelson, whenever Democrats start blathering about ‘the children’, a prudent person should check on their wallet. These days, it’s the third world countries who are bailing us out. Thanks for stopping by & commenting.

  7. Wisconsin Moderate says:

    Being an individual with no personal stake in this, the point is that the state unions have already said they are willing to agree to lower benefits. In addition, most public workers have taken pay cuts in the form of furloughs for two years. (Equalling a 2.6% pay cut) The real story is the removal of public worker rights to bargain in the future when times are better. It’s a right EVERY other worker has, whether they are in a union or not. Guanteed by federal law during the Kennedy administration.

    • MNforWI says:

      Thank you, Moderate!!!
      This is NOT about making more money! This is about taking away employees rights to Collective Bargaining! that is something that people died for! We have the right to be treated fairly, work in safe environment and to have a say in our working conditions. Stay focused people! Get educated on what is going on! Dont lose sight of the issue.

  8. Tiler Eaton says:

    Why is it in our great country we can join groups like the NRA, American Legion, VFW, Chamber of Commerce, and they all stand for important issues but if you belong to a Labor Union because you believe they have value you are looked down upon. Many workers in this country benefit from unions on a daily basis, employers pay higher wages and benefits to keep their employees from joining a union. I am a union member by chose and there are hundreds of thousands of people just like me. It just seems odd that we the people believe in things such as free speech, but if you belong to a union you should stay quite and be happy with what you have.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Big Labor, like the once-respected mainstream media and the legal profession, is responsible itself for the negative perception of it held by the public at large. The leadership of the public service unions, by allowing its membership to be used as shock troops and enforcers for the left, and by permitting union dues to be used as a slush fund for Democrats, has forfeited the good will of the people.

  9. sparkie says:

    I am getting tirteed of the misconception that teachers have the summer off- we work 187 days and are paid for 187 days , it works out to from just before labor day through the first week of June- no paid holidays or paid vacation time. We are required to continue our education out of our own pockets at a cost of approximately $1500 for five years usualllya on our “summers off”. The crux of the matter is the loss of the ability for negotiations for language and protection. I hear to often that tenure causes poor teachers. The contracts are such as the administrator is able to proceed through the process to let go(fire) a poor teacher following a due process. This is not the teachers but the adminstrators that need to do thier job also.

    • MNforWI says:

      hmmm, cute video.
      the union is NOT saying that they are fighting for better wages, they are not fighting to stop the increase of their contributions to health care, pensions…etc. we take those increases every single year, look it up. We are NOT willing to give up our rights to Collective bargaining only. It is unconstitutional. We are fighting for our rights to act as a union on our own behalf so that we have a say in what happens in our workplace. Thats the issue, Bob. You seem to be a somewhat intelligent/educated guy. Join in a ralley like I have this weekend, get involved, talk to the people involved. There are TOO many untrue story and entertaining videos out there. People are not educated on what we are fighting for, you included.

      • Bob Mack says:

        There are no rights to collective bargaining in the U.S. Constitution because collective bargaining is not a ‘right’. There are, however, a multitude of federal and state laws that address labor relations, most significantly, the NLRA, enacted in 1935. BTW, I was a union member and shop steward for many years until I finally gave up on leadership that was more interested in confrontation than negotiation and that persistently used the dues of members for their own benefit and as a slush fund and campaign war chest for liberal Democrats–a main reason why many union Health & Welfare funds have been virtually emptied.

  10. john bee says:

    you people are dopes! you’re too blind to see that you’re running backward and you think everybody should follow you. you bitter, hateful, punkish,delusional bunch of paranoid trash would rather have everyone working for 50 cents an hour and somehow make yourself believe that you’ll make out just fine

  11. Bob Mack says:

    H/T to Ol’ Broad

    GA at LeatherneckM31:

    “Flee-baggers” —the dozen or so Wisconsin democrat legislators who fled the state rather than honor their oath of office, form a quorum and vote on the bills eliminating collective bargaining for some public employees.

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  13. Nelson Corn says:

    Bob, what third world country is bailing us out. We (Obama and the boys) borrow money from China, but they are hardly a third world country. Who do we get financial aide from?

  14. Nelson Corn says:

    My son works for Goodyear Tire and Rubber. When he was hired, his wage was frozen at 13.00 an for the first three years. This was voted on by the “Old hires” and the retirees. The union was more interested than paying outrageous benefits to the retirees unstead of the workers paying dues. Now, however, time has passed and the “new hires” will control the next vote. Paybacks are rough, the retirees will be getting no more huge cost of living raises at the expense of the working man.

  15. Bob Mack says:

    Howdy, Nelson. Your son’s experience is a good example of why the Founders instituted America as a Republic and not a democracy. Democracy is, as the old saying so truly points out, when two wolves and a sheep sit down to vote on what to have for dinner.

    • Frank Schneider says:

      Interesting – “when two wolves and a sheep sit down to vote on what to have for dinner” kinda sounds familiar like when Republicans vote to destroy unions even after they had already agreed to additional compensation cuts, after several years of pay cuts, so that corporations can get a tax cut!

      Unions are bad because they support Democrats but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Corporate support of Republicans is good! …it’s just them exercising their right to free speech.

  16. Bob Mack says:

    Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest

    In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.” The test also showed that the reading abilities of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders had not improved at all between 1998 and 2009 despite a significant inflation-adjusted increase in the amount of money Wisconsin public schools spent per pupil each year.

  17. Nelson Corn says:

    Hi Bob, didn’t want to change the subject, but, I just heard the White House? has pushed through a tax deduction for women who breast feed. My God, what next. Maybe they should give the same deduction to people that don’t want to watch some kid hangin’ on momma’s tit at the mall. What on earth next? This should make the San Fransisco liberals get goose-bumpy all over.

    • Bob Mack says:

      The IRS has determined that breast pumps and ‘other’ breastfeeding supplies are now tax deductible, this after correspondence to the IRS commissioner from Democrat Senators Jeff Merkley and Tom Harkin, and Democrat Representatives Sander Levin and Carolyn B. Maloney. That reverses previous IRS policy, which held that there was not sufficient medical benefit from breastfeeding to warrant deduction as a medical expense.

      • Frank Schneider says:

        Wow mothers receive a very small tax deduction to support breastfeeding which has actually been proven to be good for children – what a scandal!

        • Bob Mack says:

          Howdy, Frank. The point, I think, is not whether it’s good or bad, but whether the tax code should be used to promote behaviors and activities merely because Big Brother finds them desirable. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

        • Bob Mack says:

          Some thoughts on the tax code from Fleeceme:

          Somewhere in our history, our “leaders” discovered they can begin to influence behavior through taxation, and thus began our downfall. Where once taxation was meant to fund the activities of our government, it is now used to bribe people into buying electric cars, houses, having children, going to school, and other myriad examples of social control. The government has no business “molding” the social nature of our society, but it is not about some future utopia our politicians are reaching for through taxation, but just the power that inevitably is coupled with control. This new found power is most definitely intoxicating, and never has our government made a serious attempt to relinquish this power

          .

  18. Nelson Corn says:

    Hi Bob! This tax deduction was initiated by the White House. Once again, I say this is nothing more than a tax deduction for minorities as studies have shown they have historically held some kind of taboo against breast-feeding. Your First Lady hard at it again. If she had her way, they’d be serving T-bone steak in the schools. (Oh, the states have to pay for it, by the way). This notion of the government deciding what we eat, drink, and how many hours of sleep we get is the result of the radical liberal minority that have had their way for too long in this country. It’s starting to change, thank God.

    • Bob Mack says:

      And in Pelosi’s San Francisco, liberals have really caused a stink:

      San Francisco’s big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.

      Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

      The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

      Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite – better known as bleach – to act as an odor eater and to disinfect the city’s treated water before it’s dumped into the bay. It will also be used to sanitize drinking water.

      That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.

  19. Nelson Corn says:

    Clinton says nothing off the table as US military forces move closer to Libya. The government and military of this country has an endouring love with wasteful spending, war, and killing America’s youth for absolutlely nothing, Amazing, America’s next “war”. Let’s go blow it up so we can spend the next 10 years and hundreds of billions in taxpayer money to rebuild it. Look out world, here comes the cavalry!

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