June 29, 2011

Under the new Wisconsin budget repair, one school district goes from a $400,000 deficit to a $1.5 million surplus.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
Cost savings from worker contributions to health care and retirement, taking effect today as part of the new collective bargaining laws, will swing the Kaukauna School District from a $400,000 budget deficit to an estimated $1.5 million surplus....  The district... plans to hire teachers and reduce class size.
Let's stop and think of all the protesters who carried signs asserting that their opposition to Scott Walker was for the children.

125 comments:

Jana said...

Imagine that.

Carol_Herman said...

Check the books, again.

And, give math tests to anyone who comes in to "do" the school district's books. ALL OF THEM!

Just having an accountant's license isn't enough.

It's like hearing Tim Geitherner's tax error was Turbo Tax's fault.

Don't you trust any of them!

Oh, and don't let them near the vote counting machines, either.

Fakes and frauds.

Rose said...

Wow. Just WOW.

Maguro said...

I'll bet all those teachers who got hired are hating the fact that they have a job, now, too. That Walker is such a bastard.

Lincolntf said...

Yup, and it's not like that's a shock to the Dem/Union bigs. They don't even believe their own lies, but that never stops them from spreading 'em.

Shouting Thomas said...

What's really important is that the school children learn to sing We Shall Overcome!

Because WI school teachers are just like blacks in the Jim Crow south!

There's a moral issue to consider here.

bagoh20 said...

So they haven't even gotten it yet and they have it spent. Isn't that how they got upside down the first time?

Sixty Grit said...
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Kev said...

(the other kev)

They're teachers. You expect them to know math, too?

edutcher said...

The only children the protestors were fighting for were the union slugs.

The Crack Emcee said...

ROTFLMMFAO!!!!!!!!!

Jason (the commenter) said...

I guess you can create jobs by cutting spending.

ndspinelli said...

This surplus is just corroboration. There is an inherent lie in the "Children first" horseshit. The first duty of a union is protect its members. Therefore, teachers come first, children are somewhere down the list. This fundamental point needs to be stated again and again.

Freeman Hunt said...

Wow! If they really do put all that money into hiring good people, their district is going to greatly improve.

Henry said...

"Think globally act locally" is what gives you that $400,000 deficit. For the globally-minded elitists in which virtue trumps money, the perfect school district would pay teachers like bond traders and spirit them to their moss-walled eco-classrooms on Disney World monorail.

The complaint I hear from my liberal friends is that the Republicans are attacking unions while letting the bankers off the hook (let us forget, for the sake of indignation, the occupant of the White House).

The problem is that attacking Wall Street helps localities not one whit. The city payroll is where the fiscal damage is done. There are a lot of cities under a lot of water these days.

But think globally and you can pretend that Wall Street is the villain. One of the most debilitating biases of the national news media is the deflection of all issues toward national politics and, from there, the dream of top-down solutions.

Big Mike said...

@Kev, you beat me to it, darn you.

windbag said...

I forget where I heard it, I think it was in a comment section of a blog. Regardless, it's true: Whenever anyone says something is for the children, hang on to your freedom and your wallet, because both are about to be assaulted.

Juba Doobai! said...

And the take-home pay of teachers increases because WI is not withholding union dues. Wheeeeeeeeeeee! Money all around.

vnjagvet said...

I bet it will take GM and his cohorts some time to get their talking points on this one. Heh.

wv Hootted -- what I did when I read this post.

Rose said...

Can you loan us Scott Walker for a couple months? California needs him.

captcha: tunporka LOL

JohnJ said...

Well, it never really was about the children, was it?

C'mon now...was it?

Ken Pidcock said...

This just reveals the impact on the compensation of the effected employees. So I guess those were just workers trying to defend their interests. The nerve of those people.

Lem said...

This is exactly what the unions feared.. their nightmare scenario is coming true.

The Walker Plan is good for Wisconsin.

The horror.

Lem said...

Isn't it funny that instead of shrinking the union ranks Walker will be responsible for increasing them?

Walker is just so evil ;)

pauldar said...

whale now, I kan git a gooder lerning than the won I waz gotting from the younion techers at dis skool

Wittle Jonny

Maguro said...

whale now, I kan git a gooder lerning than the won I waz gotting from the younion techers at dis skool

Wittle Jonny


Pretty funny, considering all the teachers with misspelled signs we saw at the protests.

Lem said...

Could somebody hire a plane and drop this news all over the state?

I know its impossible but...

Put it on billboards!

Hit the dems hard with this.. show what they were against!

How much you want to bet the Rinos will balk and not take advantage of this?

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Where, oh where is that sluberty-gullion garage mahal with his strawmen...

Garage, having trouble finding straw this evening???? Hmmm???

Pogo said...

A school and it's money are soon parted.

Jason said...

Meanwhile, Milwaukee Public Schools announced today that they are laying off 519 employees, 354 of which are teachers. Why? You guessed it...because they rushed through a union contract to "beat" the implementation of Walker's budget repair bill.

Walker gave fair warning to this schools and unions - if you rush through a contract, you are going to get screwed. If you wait until his law passes, you have the ability to shape the budget how you want it with no to minimal layoffs or reductions in services.

Unions care about one thing: dues. The rest is just window dressing.

Methadras said...

shocking!!! and look, reduced class sizes means more unionistas on the payroll. idiots.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

This just reveals the impact on the compensation of the effected employees

It isn't JUST the compensation and pension contribution hike. The districts are now also able to go to a less expensive health plan (instead of the Union sponsored and mandated company) with just as good quality of coverage.

In the District where I am a board memeber, we dropped Cal Pers Health insurance, shopped around and ended up with one of the "blues". The employees have essentially the same coverage. They pay for a portion of dependant coverage and the district saved over 10,000 a year PER employee. That 10K PER employee now goes to hiring more people and back into deferred maintenance that had been neglected for years.

Unfortunately we are still chained to the Cal Pers retirement plan, however the employees now pay THEIR portion of the deferral, slightly more than 6% of compensation, which the District had been picking up. This also saved additional thousands of dollars per employee.

The District still pays as an employer contribution over 18% of payroll to cover current employees and to pay for the actuarial shortfalls due to Cal Pers tanking along with the rest of the markets performance.

Now we are running a postive cash flow in addition to being able to take care of all of the above.

The scenario in the schools in Wisconsin is not at all unusual, when you can CONTROL and MANAGE your finances in an INTELLIGENT and RESPONSIBLE manner. Without Union's extortion.

Cedarford said...

Henry - "The problem is that attacking Wall Street helps localities not one whit. The city payroll is where the fiscal damage is done. There are a lot of cities under a lot of water these days.

But think globally and you can pretend that Wall Street is the villain."

Small towns, cities have little to do with the policies that have gutted American industry leaving much of America as a rotten husk of what it once was. Wall Street and globalization and free trade with nations that have 1/16th the labor wage of America - does. That has caused a significant jobs collapse and revenue loss in municipalities.
They have little to do with their government indebting us to China, or the trillions lost in the Wall Street bailout. That money lost to Goldman Sachs, the German and CHinese and Japanese investors in AIG is lost to developing American infrastructure and business.

Wall Street is one of the partners in the cabal that wants Open Borders, free transfer of American technology to other nations (as long as the multinationals benefit by giving it to their host Pakistani, Chinese, Indian enterprises).

Wall Street has much to do with the decay of Mainsteet America.

Chip Ahoy said...

Okay, I'll stop and think about them.

-->| • |<--

There, done.

Now I have other things to think about. I got an idea for a page that can be used in a card. The page will be grasshoppers in a mature wheat field. That was the main idea: how to depict a field of wheat artistically using pop-uppery. It seems straightforward. A weird smiling sun comes up in the back. At first the sun is concealed behind the wheat but it arcs 45º upward to full noon. I already devised a way that uses a concealed lever underneath but the arm holding the sun moves in the wrong direction when the card opens so on the back of the card I devised a lever system that transfers movement to the opposite direction using another lever connected to a third lever. But when I finished I realized all those levers were total overkill. I can get a 45˚ arc using other mechanisms, so I tried one that I studied in my copy of Il Était Une Fois It too is unnecessarily complicated. Now I'm thinking about the simplest method possible and I'm eager to try it.

David said...

There are some questions that need to be addressed before the Republican victory dance can begin in earnest.

1. Is the result for this district a quirk or will similar but less dramatic results obtain statewide?
2. Is this a one off savings or will the savings persist from year to year? (Don't spend all that money yet, school board.)
3. Will the money be well spent or wasted?
4. Do taxpayers get a chunk of this? Where are the lower taxes?

Insufficiently Sensitive said...

Looks like this District might have been one that didn't exploit the delay in passing the legislation to re-negotiate its teachers union contracts radically upward.

Conserve Liberty said...

Well great - they're going to hire more teachers, who will become tenured. Then the economy wiill finally recover, voters will feel better (and guilty), vote in some Democrats and you're right back where you were, with MORE public union employees.

Did it ever occur to the school district to return these new-found cash flows to the residents by LOWERING THE TAX RATE?

SunnyJ said...

There will be more announcements coming, as schools actually do their math with the new formulas, and it will demonstrate loudly and clearly...those that looked out for the unions will be laying off and cutting back on student services.

Those that waited and actually, really, honestly conducted a 2 party negotion will look like this story.

The next most interesting story will be the numbers that actually choose to join the union and elect to pay dues. Those numbers are going to shock the socks off the union higher ups.

Also, received an email from union today, announcing that global unions have selected Wisconsin to pour in funds and help fight Gov Walker and recalls.

Jason said...

"1. Is the result for this district a quirk or will similar but less dramatic results obtain statewide?"
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Every district will be different because they all receive different amounts of state aid, but I feel that the large majority of schools that have acted responsibly in this whole situation (i.e. havent pushed through new union contracts) will have similar results.


2. Is this a one off savings or will the savings persist from year to year? (Don't spend all that money yet, school board.)
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Why wouldnt the savings persist? The law allows school boards to adjust their contracts accordingly due to the lack of collective bargaining privledges. And it allows them to shop for health care plans that fit their school and budget.


3. Will the money be well spent or wasted?
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I would say adding good teachers will be money well spent. But this point here will be the key to the long-term success of public schools in Wisconsin due to the new law changes.


4. Do taxpayers get a chunk of this? Where are the lower taxes?
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Its already been stated that, because most schools will have to operate with a much lower budget, the property tax rates in most districts will indeed be lower, as the tax revenues will exceed the amount schools will be allowed to spend.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Did it ever occur to the school district to return these new-found cash flows to the residents by LOWERING THE TAX RATE?

They may consider that at some time in the future, however, it is a long and complicated legislative process and may require waiting until the next general or special election, put it on the ballot and let the people in the District vote. (at least that's how it works here)

Plus a portion of the taxes, (from property tax in Wisconsin???), are also earmarked for other things like Hospitals, Fire Dept, County and State uses. Do you think those entities want to rebate the money. I doubt it.

They can't just willy nilly give the money back without the legal process. Plus if you give it back now, you might need it later. Better to build up some surpluses for now.

rhhardin said...

Government always knows how to spend money better than taxpayers, that's why.

gadfly said...

In case you missed it -- justaguy responded to the JSO news story:

"If you read the article, the money saved comes from the requirement for staff to pay more for health care and pensions. These were changes that the teacher's union AGREED to. These savings did not come from busting unions."

A history rewrite so soon? There were no, none, nada, zero demonstrators at the state capitol -- or was he wrong about that? Althouse needs to tell us again why the "Dim" senators went to "Illinoise."

Jason said...

"If you read the article, the money saved comes from the requirement for staff to pay more for health care and pensions. These were changes that the teacher's union AGREED to. These savings did not come from busting unions."
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Yes...the money saved THIS YEAR will be from concessions the union already agreed to. However, the elimination of collective bargaining will allow the savings to actually stay in place.

Does anyone REALLY think that WEAC would continue to let union members pay that much in pension and health benefits in future budgets? Without a SIGNIFICANT increase in wages? Especially as the economy comes back?

Me neither.

Titus said...

Excellent news.

Where is Kaukana?

Is it fab?

Titus said...

I have lost 9 pounds. I got a little porky while in Wisconsin. I was at 164, which is the most I ever weighed. I am 5-11.

I am now 155 and feel fierce, and when I feel fierce, I want sex.

I am at my desired weight now. You can see my abs and I fucking love that shit. I love it when I shoot a load and the cum gets in the creases of my abs-so hot.

Pogo said...

Despite the actual savings for teachers who avoided union agreements, they will not be moved.

Socialism uber alles.

bagoh20 said...

Some of the comments here suggest that nothing whatsoever was learned here.

Seems like the last option to be considered is lowering taxes. That guarantees it will not be done, and the surplus will be spent because there is always some important need that only government can address, and in exactly the same way they did before.

If the mostly conservative commenters here don't see this mistaken perception, then I sure can't expect future votes that will include the left to control spending.

If it being about the children was a leftist lie, then it being about fiscal responsibility was a right wing lie...apparently.

If a company was busted overcharging customers and delivering shoddy goods, would it makes sense for them to repay the victims by giving them gift certificates to the same stores that ripped them off. Is that what the victims would want if they were intelligent?

Titus said...

Now I am ready to have dindin Althouse. And I promise to lift my shirt to give you a little looksy looksy.

PackerBronco said...

You think your headline is good news?

Not to the unions.

Unions count that as $1.9 million that they're NOT getting.

Titus said...

I believe abs are the most important thing in the world.

More important than bis, tris, chest, shoulder, back, ass, legs.

Because you can have a big chest or arms or back or legs but if you don't have a tight set of abs all the other body parts, even if large, look like crap...because you don't have abs.

Abs really are everything.

Lgbpop said...

Wall Street has much to do with the decay of Mainsteet America.

A sterling example of public school education. This man is blind to fafct. Cedarford, Wall Street IS Main Street America. The larger companies in the USA are almost all publicly owned, hire our friends and neighbors and retirement plans across the country include their stock in investment portfolios. They are required by law to be mindful of their fiduciary duty to the stockholders to operate their companies at a profit for the owners (stockholders).

It is the American government - full of elected officials who are clueless about business - who regulate these companies, interfere in their business decisions and let the Fed manipulate the interest rates to strangle interest income for the retirement portfolios. There may be bad apples in corporate America but by and large the market is self-correcting. If the cost of doing business is driven so high by the government that relocation will be beneficial to the companies, they are not to blame for doing what the law requires them to do - the government is to blame for making it impossible for the company to stay where it is.

Honestly, do you think any company would disrupt itself to that degree willingly? You're deluded, if you believe that. I remember what happened when Gilbarco got priced out of West Springfield (MA) in the early 1960s, hit with higher business and property taxes and a union contract that threatened to bankrupt them. A lot of my friends moved to North Carolina, some of the other kids' dads lost their jobs, and the town lost a sterling corporate presence all due to government and union greed.

Wake up and open your eyes, man.

Conserve Liberty said...

@Dust Bunny Queen

They can't just willy nilly give the money back without the legal process. Plus if you give it back now, you might need it later. Better to build up some surpluses for now.

Actually, yes they can. They can say, right now, "We're holding this excess cash flow in reserve against a planned referendum to consider lowering the tax rate."

Instead they immediately announced how they will spend the savings.

Holmes said...

Yes, this is the problem with budgeting; have to spend it right away or it will be taken from you (and given back to the people who pay taxes).

Lem said...

I'm with you bagoh20.. but getting that horse to water was not easy. I can only imagine (like Jana said) what would happen to them if Walker proposed a tax cut.

Some of them might.. I don't know.. spontaneously combust?

BTW, did you hear John Lennon was a closet republican?

Lem said...

I believe abs are the most important thing in the world.

titus declares love for MTV's "the situation"

jeff said...

Sure, they will TRY to hire more teachers. However the teachers,in a show of SOLIDARITY and to send a "screw you" message to the evil Koch brothers, will refuse to take the jobs. Nice try WI. But the teachers are on to your whole eduction first priority not teacher benefits nonsense.

traditionalguy said...

Wisconsin wins round one. But the Obama /Soros gang can eat that surplus up in 90 days of higher energy costs and higher food costs. Its for the polar bears.

Karl said...

The public school system has become a jobs program for the adults.
"The Children" are little more than the product. If you worked in a sawmill it wouldn't be "for the boards" - would it?

What really sucks, and puts things out of order, are communities where the school district is the largest employer.
Sort of like selling weed & being your best customer at the same time.

Phil 3:14 said...

I have to admit I am waiting for Garage's response.

Alex said...

It guts the labor unions and that's all garage cares about. He couldn't give rat's ass about kids.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Me: "They can't just willy nilly give the money back without the legal process. Plus if you give it back now, you might need it later. Better to build up some surpluses for now."

Actually, yes they can. They can say, right now, "We're holding this excess cash flow in reserve against a planned referendum to consider lowering the tax rate."

Not the same thing as 'giving back' is it, now. Reserves ARE good.

Instead they immediately announced how they will spend the savings

Being in a District that is required to:

1. maintain reserves, which we were never able to do before, in order not to default on our municipal bond covenants (have our bonds called)

and

2. had a significant backlog of deferred maintenance (or in the case of the schools a lack of teachers to student ratio or equipment that needed to be replaced)

and

3. Being a financially minded person, former loan officer, financial planner, investment advisor........I see no logical or rational reason to IMMEDIATELY return the windfall of excess income to expenses. Put into reserves...yes. Return. No way.

Instead a prudent business person would spend the excesses where it has long been needed or neglected.

I don't know if THAT is the case in these school districts is Wisconsin, however.....that is what I would do in the short term, until the situation stabilized and we know what the true cash flow is that could be counted upon.

Lem said...

I don't blame garage for not surfacing..
Who likes to read bad news like this?

Greg Toombs said...

How did this news end up in the newspaper?

Must be some kind of mistake.

Michael Haz said...

Well, by golly, this can't be allowed to happen! Recall Walker! Do it for the childrens! No Deficit, No Peace!

Koch Brothers Hitler shame shame shame!

The Grey Man said...

And for tonight's special performance, Garage and Alpha are doing a duet imitation of crickets.....

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A. Shmendrik said...

Doh!

Colin said...

Remember, children are the Trojan horse of the left-wing agenda. They are basically human shields.

marylynn said...

I live in Kaukauna. And i am laughing my ass off. A bigger group of whiney teachers don't exist anywhere. Except maybe Madison, Milwaukee,DePere, Green Bay, etc. etc. etc.
Unfortunately our district will find a way to spend the savings and then some. They always have, always will. We won't see any tax cuts. But for today Walker won, and i love it love it love it

jeff said...

"The Children" are little more than the product. If you worked in a sawmill it wouldn't be "for the boards" - would it?

Man, if only the children were the product. Their actually just a byproduct. Like sawdust in your sawmill example.

marylynn said...

And no Titus, Kaukauna is most definitely not "fab"

bagoh20 said...

"Instead a prudent business person would spend the excesses where it has long been needed or neglected."

First, there are no prudent business persons in government, that's why it makes sense to give it to prudent business people (tax cuts) instead, or at least use it to set up more privatized education (prudent business people).

Second, has there ever been a time in the history of government budgets when bureaucrats did not think it made sense to "spend the excesses where it has long been needed or neglected," regardless of whether that excess money or the needs really existed. This is a constant regardless of the financial situation, and it's human nature which requires wisdom and leadership to overcome. Otherwise it will spend every cent and then some. Is there a case of the opposite happening?

JAL said...

@ Colin Remember, children are the Trojan horse of the left-wing agenda. They are basically human shields.

Ouch.

But it resonates. Same with the "poor," or the "disadvantaged," or the "workers," (man I can't tell you how much that word annoys me. That and the fist), blacks, "undocumented" immigrants...

Human shields.

enicar333 said...

Traditionalguy sez "Wisconsin wins round one. But the Obama /Soros gang can eat that surplus up in 90 days of higher energy costs and higher food costs"

EXCUUSE ME! WHO IS RUNNING THE PRINTING PRESS? Quantative Easing is... INFLATION... COUNTERFIETING, and outright BS. Your Linen $ is WORTHLESS - except for taxes. Wait until the Arabs won't take printed $$$ for OIL.

Yep - your MONEY FOR NOTHING - and your CHICKS FOR FREE.

PatCA said...

"Okay, then, it's...racist!"

MadisonMan said...

Kaukauna has great cheese spread! Almost as good as Merkt's!

I wonder how much money is being saved because of retirements -- tons of teachers retired in Madison, and they're replaced by cheaper people, generally. They even had administrators retire! One can hope they will not be replaced.

As to why the savings will not persist: Health Care Costs.

Chuck66 said...

I am in Western Wisc right now and Shelly Moore ("THEY WILL RESPECT US") is running commercials non-stop claiming that Shiela Harsdorf voted to cut education by $800,000,000.

I believe that claim is untrue. Does any one have the numbers for what Wisc spent on public schools in the last budget vs the current one?

Chuck66 said...

Oh, by the way, the River Falls Journal has a good story on Moore's missuse of Ellsworth Public Schools email. Great comments, includling this one........................



Well here is one consequence of Walker-Harsdorf actions:

Kaukauna school district goes from $400,000 deficit to a $1.5 million dollar surplus, which the district will use to reduce class size and hire more teachers.

Everyone HAS to give this comment a thumbs up; it is, after all, ALL about the children!!!!

http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20110629/APC0101/110629072/Story-documents-Kaukauna-schools-project-1-5M-surplus-after-changes?odyssey=tab|topnews|img|FRONTPAGE

Chuck66 said...

This thread appears to be dead...but here is another savings. Many school teachers don't want to contribute to their generous benies, so they are retiring instead (most can retire about age 55). So therefore school districts won't have to pay older teachers $58,000 (plus benefits), but can hire a recent college grad for about $42,000. That $16,000 (for each teacher) is a lot for a small school district.

Barry Kearns said...

Clearly, this story must be fundamentally flawed in some way. It cannot possibly be right.

We have been assured, dear readers, countless times in the comments on this very blog, that there are no savings associated with Walker's changes.

So this can't be right... that would imply mendacity on the part of some in our own commentariat.

QED.

Jason said...

Incidentally, the headline CNN went with is "Milwaukee To Lay Off 354 Teachers."

Not a peep about Kaukauna.

Ralph L said...

I believe abs are the most important thing in the world
Before you're 45, you're going to have to choose between your waist and your face. (Or eat too much and lose both). And you'd better start flossing.

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purplepenquin said...

Cut the workers pay by over 18% and of course there will be a surplus - that isn't news at all. The real question is will the children receive quality education with the district paying rock-bottom wages? Only time will tell...

Karmakshanti said...

Well, Ms. Althouse, I did my mere 5 minutes of homework, and went back to the original source which was the Appleton, Wisconson Post-Crescent.

There I found the following two quotations:

"The Kaukauna School Board approved changes Monday to its employee handbook that require staff to cover 12.6 percent of their health insurance and to contribute 5.8 percent of their wages to the state’s pension system, in accordance with the new collective bargaining law, commonly known as Act 10."

AND:

"In April, the school board rejected a proposal from the Kaukauna Education Association to extend the union’s contract and incorporate pension and healthcare concessions along with a wage freeze, a move the union projected could save the district about $1.8 million next year."

In other words, the Union was perfectly willing to make similar concessions on it's own for potentially, an even greater surplus.

This whole matter started as mere politically expedient union breaking. It remains mere politically expedient union breaking.

Now, I don't suppose that bothers you in the least. But you, the Kaukauna School Board, and the Governor of Wisconsin could at least get off your high horses and admit that merely breaking the union was enough to justify Act 10.

Or maybe not you, unless you actually did the 5 minutes of homework and learned what happened prior to the fanfare of trumpets.

Joseph Marshall

Mark said...

But Joseph, then they wouldn't be rushing to judgement.

As we have heard here, taking the first report and running with it (no further research or viewpoint) is welcomed here.

Oh wait, its been days of discussionof how wrong that is in the Prosser case ... But now that it supports their side initial half-reports are just fine.

What hypocrites here.

Steve said...

Hi, I'm a Mathematics teacher in Tennessee. We don't have a fat benefits package like the one enjoyed by the teachers in WI (we pay approx. 20%.) Our salaries are also not up there with those in Northern states (I make about 60% of what my counterpart in Michigan makes, for example.)

Even after all the supposed cuts Walker was making, they are still making out like bandits. All the wailing and gnashing of teeth made the whole profession look bad. In fact, if you're going to act like that, you're flirting with losing the right to call yourself a professional.

I'm not a member of the union but will join a professional organization which provides extra insurance and access to legal council should I need it.

There are alternatives to unions.

AllenS said...

Chuck66 said...
I am in Western Wisc right now and Shelly Moore ("THEY WILL RESPECT US") is running commercials non-stop claiming that Shiela Harsdorf voted to cut education by $800,000,000.

I'm also in Western WI, and I listen to WEVR out of River Falls. The only commercial that is presently running, is the one from Harsdorf. That's where you hear Moore declare: "they will respect us" and "they call us the WI mafia." I haven't heard a Moore commercial in weeks. Not one.

kristinintexas said...

Joseph,

From the linked article at the Post-Crescent: "In April, the school board rejected a proposal ... the union projected could save the district about $1.8 million next year."

Going from a $400,000 deficit to a $1.5 million surplus is a savings of $1.9 million, which is greater than a savings of $1.8 million.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

The only reason some unions were willing to make concessions was due to the Walker plan. Otherwise, what happened at MPS would be happening all over the state.

marylynn said...

Purplepenguin, get the facts first please. Kaukauna teachers earn rock bottom?? Excuse me, but they are one of the highest paid districts in the state. I have a family members teaching in Kaukauna, shes been there 10 years, her base without benefits is 69000. Another family member teaches in a different Fox Valley district. She's been there 8 years, her base is 43000. Two other family members in two different area districts are at the 69000 base, but they have been there 30years. Kaukauna teachers are notably over paid in comparison to the rest in our area.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Joseph Marshall's big gotcha story suggests a couple of different interpretations:

1. The union cheerfully threw its members' pay and benefits to the wolves in order to concentrate on its main priority: perpetuating itself.

2. The union and its members alike were resigned to the fact that they were going to lose money at least in the short run, but if they managed to keep collective bargaining intact they had a good chance of getting it all back later when the budgetary heat was off. This story makes the union look better, at the cost of affirming that Act 10 really does save money.

Curious George said...

@ Joseph Marshall

First, this idea of "perfectly willing" is crap. They were perfectly willing ONLY with the BRB staring them in the face. Those concessions would never have come otherwise. And without the elimination of non-wage collective bargaining, the savings would have quickly faded like a fart in the wind.

BTW, the saving you talk about has this caveat "the union projected could save". First, it's the union saying it, and second, "could" ain't "would".

Jay said...

In other words, the Union was perfectly willing to make similar concessions on it's own for potentially, an even greater surplus.

Um, false.

The union was never going to make concessions absent Walker's election and absent this legislation.

Carry on in your delusions now.

Curious George said...

purplepenquin said...
Cut the workers pay by over 18% and of course there will be a surplus - that isn't news at all. The real question is will the children receive quality education with the district paying rock-bottom wages? Only time will tell...


As has been stated the district pays high wages versus others. But let me add that no pay was cut. As a matter of fact, $300K of additional merit pay is now available.

Common theme with you, present bullshit as facts, frame your argument from there.

t-man said...

Is the penguin purple because it is from the SEIU?

Christopher said...

Joseph Marshall,

The White House predicted that Obamacare would reduce the deficit.

Forgive me if I don't trust the predictions of their special interest groups.

FloridaSteve said...

I wonder if all those new teachers will voluntarily contribute to the union? Why would you contribute to people who essentially want to eliminate your job so they can save a few dollars on their benefits package.

MadisonMan said...

But let me add that no pay was cut.

When your employee takes home less money because the contribute more to benefits, telling them their pay isn't cut rings kinda hollow.

Scott M said...

I wonder if all those new teachers will voluntarily contribute to the union?

Watch the union go all capitalist marketing here this next year with various plans to separate their members from their money. Most likely, they will start offering reduced "prices" if you pay the whole thing up front. Also as likely is reduced total cost if you set up auto-deductions. Either way, they will get less than they would have before AND they will have to outlay more cost in administrating their own funds because the state's no longer doing it.

It never should have to begin with. If you want to make the case for public sector unions, fine (though I and FDR would disagree with you). But why should the taxpayers have to handle payroll deductions? Why can't the adults inhabiting the union's rolls and the union itself manage that on it's own?

Oh! Right...

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...The real question is will the children receive quality education with the district paying rock-bottom wages?."'

Define rock bottom.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...When your employee takes home less money because the contribute more to benefits, telling them their pay isn't cut rings kinda hollow..."

Indeed. Since increasing taxes has the same effect maybe we should refer to tax increases as pay cuts.

Scott M said...

Indeed. Since increasing taxes has the same effect maybe we should refer to tax increases as pay cuts.

Excellent point. Tax hikes are even more onerous because in the case of reduced take-home/increased payments to benefits, the person is still contributing directly to THEIR own immediate situation.

Tax hikes take that money and throw it into a bureaucratic blender and hit frappe.

AprilApple said...

We could fix our budget problem if we could unleash Paul Ryan. Sadly, the stupid and corrupt democrats and some spineless repubs won't let that happen. After all, we wouldn't want to fix this mess with a real free market solution. Nah- we need more tax payer bailouts to democrat insider cronies, more gov spending and a bigger welfare state.

Seeing Red said...

When your employee takes home less money because the contribute more to benefits, telling them their pay isn't cut rings kinda hollow.



OTOH, the employee gets a better idea what what they cost their employer.

Unions chose a long time ago to take increased benefits over wage increases.


As we've nauseatingly been told - employee take home has been stagnant since the 80s.

X said...

When your employee takes home less money because the contribute more to benefits, telling them their pay isn't cut rings kinda hollow.

according to garage they were already paying it.

Whoopi would say they are now paying it paying it.

MadisonMan said...

A more accurate phrase (if it's true, not sure): Total Compensation was not cut.

That is something that even pedants like me can agree on.

Karmakshanti said...

While we’re at it here is today’s Columbus, Ohio Dispatch on the equivalent law in Ohio:

“They dubbed it the “million-signature march” and then delivered, literally.

“We Are Ohio, the coalition leading the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5, directed a parade of thousands through Downtown yesterday that culminated in the delivery of nearly 1.3 million signatures to the secretary of state to place Ohio’s new collective-bargaining law on the November ballot.

“The exact signature total – 1,298,301, or an amount equal to nearly 1 out of 6 of Ohio’s 8 million registered voters – obliterated the previous state record of 812,978 set in 2008 on a proposed casino for Clinton County.

“It’s a virtual lock that enough valid signatures of registered Ohio voters were collected to place the law before voters on Nov. 8, because only about 231,000 are needed to trigger the referendum. It’s up to county boards of elections to validate signatures in each county, and Secretary of State Jon Husted will validate the total by a July 26 deadline.

“Meeting the threshold of valid signatures also would stop the law from taking effect until after the November election.”

In Ohio, we’re going to take it down, in the legal and correct way, and then put a stake in it’s heart. For good.

Joseph Marshall

Karmakshanti said...

Finally, for the record, Appleton, WI had 78,086 people in the 2010 census, a mere 321.5 violent crimes per 100,000 population, and a mere 7.3% of its families below the poverty line. It even will shut down its entire transit system for the July 4th Holiday.

Sounds like idyllic America to me.

The second largest employer in town is the Appleton Area School District. The district spends $9,403 per pupil and has 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. It had a grades 9-12 dropout rate of 1% [!!!--ed.] in 2005. And it even has a full 16 charter schools under it's purview.

This hardly sounds to me like a school system on the brink of collapse due to the rapaciousness of it's teachers union.

Recall Elections are scheduled on July 12 and August 9 in Senate District 2 - Brown, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano and Waupaca Counties, which includes Appleton. So we will soon get to see what the voters there think of it all.

Joseph Marshall

BJM said...

@Hoosier Daddy

Since increasing taxes has the same effect maybe we should refer to tax increases as pay cuts.

Yep, today CA Gov Jerry Brown cut the pay of 25,000 online businesses by 100%.

Stupid is forever.

jimspice said...

There are 9,765 public workers in Outagamie County. Under the just passed state budget, each will lose about $2,845 in take‐home pay. This will reduce local buying and economic activity by $27.8 million. This is in addition $3.4 million the Kaukauna Area School District lost through direct budget cuts. Was it a good trade?

Paul Zrimsek said...

Any wealth the government stops spending simply ceases to exist. Everyone knows that!

Curious George said...

"jimspice said...
There are 9,765 public workers in Outagamie County. Under the just passed state budget, each will lose about $2,845 in take‐home pay. This will reduce local buying and economic activity by $27.8 million. This is in addition $3.4 million the Kaukauna Area School District lost through direct budget cuts. Was it a good trade?"

You do understand that the same dollars have not been taken out of the economy through either:

1)taxation that would have been necessary?

2) The elimination of jobs to offset these now mandated contributions?

Let me answer that. You don't. Which makes you an idiot. Glad we could clear this up.

Phil 3:14 said...

There are 9,765 public workers in Outagamie County. Under the just passed state budget, each will lose about $2,845 in take‐home pay. This will reduce local buying and economic activity by $27.8 million. This is in addition $3.4 million the Kaukauna Area School District lost through direct budget cuts. Was it a good trade?

And that's why we should pay every teacher $250,000 per year....shoot make t $500,000!

It will all come back to us in higher wages, more jobs, smarter kids, brighter teeth and a cleaner environment.


And did I mention the ponies?

SunnyJ said...

jimspice - the novel idea is that the money actually stays with original earner and they get to spend it.

You act as if it only counts as spendable income if it's first given to the teacher and they spend it. It counts if the plumber, electrician, babysitter, lawyer, minister etc. gets to keep it and spend it themselves where they see fit.

Are you being a bit disingenous or do you really not get that?

SunnyJ said...

If there are ponies...I'm in!

jimspice said...

I'm so glad you all will be putting your tax refunds to work stimulating the economy. Wait. What? Your taxes aren't going to be any lower? Gee, I wonder where all that money went?

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