Notes From Babel

How do teachers union advocates explain this?

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From WPRI:

The end of strikes, however, didn’t mean teachers were any less aggressive in negotiating. Aided by the new law, teachers redoubled their efforts to improve compensation. And they succeeded, judging by the costs of total pay and benefit packages.

For instance, statewide average teacher salaries increased 6% per year in the 16 years before the Hortonville strike. In the 16 years after the strike, the increase is pegged at 7% annually. Not a big difference, for sure.

But salaries are only a part of the picture. Consider that in the 16 years prior to Hortonville, average state per-pupil spending increased 6.7% per year. Post-strike, it jumped to 9.6% per year in the 16 years following the Hortonville clash.

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Also in 1973, Milwaukee teachers negotiated a benefit that paid their health care premiums when they retired — in 2016, this benefit will be worth $4.9 billion, or more than four times the size of the Milwaukee district’s current budget.


Written by Tim Kowal

March 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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  1. Geez. Even California teachers are probably going to take a pay decrease. My dad’s school is looking at a 5.5% pay cut across the board (he’s a high school math teacher). They’ve already laid off a bunch of teachers and have classroom levels up to 35 students per class. And his district was well managed financially, they had a large rainy day fund at the beginning of the recession. I wonder what it’s like in poorly run districts? Scratch that. I don’t want to know. :-/


    March 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

  2. Is there anyone more pathetic than a lazy incompetent public individual that could never qualify to get a job in the private sector depending on “an alliance of incompetents allied collectively to achieve what they are incompetent to achieve individually” Fire the lazy incompetents NOW!!

    bill bell

    March 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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