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Protesting WI Teachers Could Get $9M

From Wisconsin’s MacIver Institute:

Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies

Absent educators may be paid to abandon students and march on the Capitol

MacIver News Service | February 21, 2011

Madison, Wisc. — As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin’s largest school district.

In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million.

Late Sunday night Madison Metropolitan School District administration announced their schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000

While some have speculated that the absent teachers will see their pay docked, that may not be the case if they provide a doctor’s note. Due to collective bargaining rules currently in place, the absences could be considered excused and the teachers would be paid for their protesting.

So the phony doctor notes being handed out at these protests, which most of the media is ignoring or at best treating as a joke, could amount to some serious and expensive fraud.

That possibility took on added significance as the MacIver News Service broke the story Saturday that several doctors in lab coats were handing out medical excuse notes to passers by, without examining the ‘patients.’ …

(Which S&L was the first to pick up.)

If all the teachers in Milwaukee and Madison are paid for the days missed, the protest related salaries for just the state’s two largest districts would exceed $6.6 million dollars.

Using a figure of $100,005 for average teacher compensation in MPS [Milwaukee Public Schools] and an average yearly workload of 195 days, these teachers cost approximately $513 per day in salary and benefits to employ.

Which, just on its own, it pretty amazing.

Spread over 5,960.3 full-time licensed teachers in the district, this adds up to $3,057,634 in daily expenses.

The average teacher’s total compensation in Madison is $74,912, according to the Department of Public Instruction. Each day costs $384.16 per teacher. The district has 2,370 teachers.

These figures don’t include administrators and support staff, many of which got an unexpected paid days off thanks to the week’s protests.

The issue extends far beyond Milwaukee and Madison, however. More than two dozen school districts were closed for at least one day last week as teachers called in sick to attend protests over the Budget Repair bill in Madison

Update: We’re analyzing costs at other districts whose schools were also closed due to mass sick-outs by teachers. The chart [above] reflects about one third of the number of districts that closed

Who else gets paid to protest? And what pay!

But such are the benefits of being in a public sector union.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Protesting WI Teachers Could Get $9M”

  1. untrainable says:

    This article makes me want to be a teacher. Except for the fact that I’d have to have half of my brain removed (the part that governs rational thought) and I’d be required to vote democrat.

    My question is, where is the diversity of thought within the teaching community? What we’re being told is that all these teachers are blind stinking liberal whackjobs who only care about themselves, and will do anything (illegal sick out, protesting on taxpayer funds, ransom children’s education) to get what they want. If that is the case, perhaps someone should look at the “diversity” and “fairness” of that situation.

    Perhaps there should be quotas (liberals love em) on the teaching community that say there have to be equal numbers of liberal and conservative teachers on staff at every state funded school. It would work the same way as the fairness doctrine. I mean if the government can force liberal propaganda on us on the radio and television, conservatives should be able to force equality of political ideology within the education community.

    My point is, I don’t see any teachers on the other side of the argument. That can’t be the case, can it? Given the choice of 1. Pay a little for your own healthcare, and a little for your retirement, and do your job the same way every public sector worker has to, accomplishment based on merit… or 2. Thousands of you will be fired. Their answer is SICK OUT… PROTEST… whine and cry for the TV cameras and berate and insult and agitate until you get what you want. And what do liberal legislators do in response? They skip town and hide out in a best western across state lines (The only reason they’re not staying at the Hilton is because the governor stopped them from using state credit cards for their little vacation). The unions are holding the state and its children’s education hostage for a ransom that the state simply can’t pay. The state must set the example and refuse to negotiate with hostage takers.

    How far we have fallen…

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “What we’re being told is that all these teachers are blind stinking liberal whackjobs who only care about themselves, and will do anything (illegal sick out, protesting on taxpayer funds, ransom children’s education) to get what they want.”

      —But it’s “for the children”

      (if you could only see the sarcastic expression on my face)

  2. proreason says:

    I doubt whether it’s possible to be an honorable leftist, but let’s imagine for a moment that there are some.

    Honorable people would give up their pay for the days they chose to protest, wouldn’t they?

    Wouldn’t that be the test of whether or not they were acting from principle rather than from greed?

    I wonder how many refuse to be paid for those days?

    • untrainable says:

      You make a good point Pro. But I was wondering more about honorable conservative teachers. I mean, are there any? They may be more rare than an honorable lefty teacher. But if there are, where the hell are they in this discussion. Are they being bullied into silence for fear of the wingnut unions?

      Well, at least they won’t have to worry about getting docked anymore since the teamsters from NY are coming in to take over the protesting for them. So, what do NY teamsters have to do with teachers in Wisconsin? FREE DOUGHNUTS? ANYBODY? I wonder how much they’re getting paid. And who exactly is paying? And what did Obama know, and when did he know it?

    • proreason says:

      ut, I wasn’t particularly responding to your post, which contains many good thoughts.

      I suspect there are some conservative teachers, but I’ll bet they were in the classrooms. Perhaps some were intimidated, and sat out, but it’s hard for me to imagine a conservative teacher participating in the protests.

      One of the worst things about unions is that they are bullies. That alone is probably enough reason to ban them.

      And why are there government unions anyway. The whole purpose of the union movement was to force employers to stop exploiting employees to increase profits for themselves. But the government doesn’t make a profit. Wages for government workers should be set on one principle only…the wage it takes to attract people capable of doing the job. For teachers, I think that the amount is something less than the average wage in the state, since teachers only work part time.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      If I was the gov, I’d write them a Doctors’ prescription note with an “IOU” scribbled for every teacher who used the fake doctors note.
      Money saved and ‘Get Well Soon’ foxtrots!!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Are there any day laborers looking for work in Wisconsin?

    It’d get done for a fraction of the cost by teachers who at least want to be in this country. At this point, the less a teacher knows our language, the less they can warp the young skulls of mush. Plus, apparently it’s a job average Americans don’t want to do anymore. Compassion!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I tried subbing in the 90’s. I was amazed at how skewed it had all become and I was also amazed at the general ignorance of a large segment of the teaching staff.

      The best way to fix it, IMHO is to fire all the teachers who “sicked out” and replace them as people become available, possibly modifying the entire school year to accommodate the kids but something would have to give. They would be notified that union participation, for the time being, is strictly prohibited as a condition of employment. I’m certain that there are countless degreed people who would LOVE to work as a teacher instead of being unemployed. Then, with good service, the opportunity could be made full-time.

      Walking out was proof that they are not loyal to their duties as teachers. Period.

    • proreason says:

      My hunch is that if the Wisconsin teachers were fired, and the compensation set at 2/3 of what it is today, more teachers would flood into the state than there would be teaching jobs.

      And the competancy level of the teachers would be higher, because they would want the jobs.

      I doubt Walker would ever do it. He is being careful not to be incendiary.

    • tranquil.night says:

      You are right of course, Rusty and Pro. I’d even take it a step further and say I agree with Morrisey and Dr. Reynolds that nothing has ever made a clearer case for charter vouchers.

      Maybe I have trouble finding the line between sarcasm and cynicism, but it strikes me as the height of irony/hypocrisy/audacity to hear all this whining about “worker’s rights” to bankrupt their employers – when anyone who raises a peep about losing salary or even their job to illegal labor is a bigoted racist.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    There’s a fact that the WSJ pointed out that was actually pretty clairvoyant for them, although it’s probably pretty obvious to us because it’s what we’ve advocated since well before the shellacking.

    The salary and benefits concessions are bad enough.

    The loss of collective bargaining is catastrophic.

    But making union dues voluntary and mandating a yearly vote to remain organized is the recipe and archetype for the demise of one of the biggest blocs of Democrat power. That’s why this thing went nuclear.

    Lighting the way as usual, Steve.

    • proreason says:

      I haven’t been aware of this until recently, but it now seems clear that it is the root of the enemy choosing to go to battle when we hold the high ground.

      I don’t know who orchestrated it, but Walker has played it very close to the vest. In Hannity’s interviews last night, Walker pitched the “union optional” as a way for the teachers to claw back some of the money they have been asked to contribute to benefits. Now THAT’s genius, even Rovian.

      It gives me some hope that conservatives have some grand strategists of our own behind the scene.

  5. wirenut says:

    This is a call to “arms” for all taxpayer’s, and by arms, I mean get busy supporting Walker. I live in western Wisconsin’s “Indian Head” region and I’m sick and tired of being run over by Madison. The “MAD CITY” is the birth place of progressivism. Fraud is a way of life, and merit is looked down upon. That’s why we voted, and swept the “House”. They bus in more radicals, we airlift common sense, they go Chicago on us, we go back to the voting booth. Pure and simple, this is a muscle play that caters to “BIG GOVERNMENT” and to those that benefits from it. I want my life and my money back! Join us. It’s not too late America. Restore the individual.

  6. canary says:

    “that may not be the case if they provide a doctor’s note.”

    Another way these union doctors committed fraud was by examining the teachers. They saw the teachers in extremely vigorous robust excellent health.
    Medically, they were fit as a fiddle to work, and the doctors and teachers lied.

    How many parents had to pay child care expenses
    How many parents missed work without pay to watch their children during the charade?

    The lawmakers, citizens, and parents of Wisconsin who pay the teachers should get refunds on their taxes. One teacher has been on the news repeatedly saying that she can’t teach while she is worried
    about her job. That would never hold up in the legal system for doing a poor job. Even a doctor’s note would saying the teacher can’t teach very good from worrying for years of losing her job wouldn’t hold up in any labor arbitration or court. I can’t imagine parents children who are in her class, knowing now that the teacher has admitted she is doing a poor job. Dumb stupid people. I had a teacher tell me, if they’d pay him more, he’d teach better.

    Truly I think a hazard that affects teachers from being around children and teens so much, is their brains regress back to immaturity & ignorance.

    Warning to parents will children. Not only is civics gone. Many schools have made “Environmental Science” which has always been in the worthless elective category, replacing CORE science classes our youth must have.

    Just one more way Obama is hurting medical care in America when the true core classes are needed to excel in the medical field.

    Article :Students in Texas may now Carry Guns on campus.!!!!


    Wisconsin doesn’t even a concealed weapon permit period. No wonder Wisconsin won’t stand up to the big scary union thugs; Obama’s thugs.

  7. TerryAnne says:

    Ah, the joys of Facebook. This liberal guy I’ve known since we were kids (we grew up in the same church, although now he spends his time on FB espousing the “joys” of atheism, although he comes back home and sings in the choir and lets everyone still think he’s a good guy), well, he posted a rough version of “what’s going on in Wisconsin makes me hate Republicans even more.”

    Well, I couldn’t let that go. So I replied, “Funny that; this whole thing makes me think that liberals couldn’t possibly get more selfish.”

    Oh the fun I’m having! One guy – whom I also know from HS – responded about how, “I don’t know how asking for lower wages, more healthcare and barganing rights are selfish. If they are, I don’t know what to ask for XMas…”

    Now, granted, I just wasted a whole bunch of great stuff on spoiled b*tches who won’t appreciate it, but it felt good. :) I can’t wait to get home from work to find out that I’m selfish and don’t care about the little people.

    • proreason says:

      Want to make his head explode? Ask him some of the questions I posed in the thread about parental leave.

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