Walker, the Unions, and Wisconsin
Ok, as I'm sure we're all aware, the political environment is running rampant in Wisonsin. There's other threads out there, but I want to start this one, so we can discuss the facts about Scott Walker's budget repair bill, and the recall that is following because of it. Let's keep the copying and pasting of other people's articles to a minimun, and let's stay on topic, and not start up on various accusations of corruption and so on. I want to talk about the changes made against the public unions, which is the prime reason we are dealing with a recall attempt.
Here are some facts:
Public union members now have to contribute 5.8% to their pensions, and 12.6% the average cost of their healthcare premiums. Most of us get no pensions, and most of us pay WAY more then 12.6% for our healthcare premiums. What's bad about this?
Public school teachers were forced to be union, and had union dues mandatorily taken from their paychecks. Now, they can choose to be union, and those who wish to be, write the checks to the union themselves. Annually, they vote to recertify the unions. What's bad about this?
WEAC, the teacher's union, used collective bargaining to require that all school districts use the healthcare that is provided by WEAC themselves. WEAC has been charging the districts (taxpayers) around double the cost of what the healthcare would cost otherwise, and pocketing the money. We know this because now the districts can choose, and have saved MASSIVE money, while providing the same coverage. What's bad about this?
WEAC had collectively bargained teacher tenure, basing employment on senority, not teacher skill. This is now gone, making job security be based on how good a teacher is, not how long they've been around. What's so bad about this?
These are what are called the main issues that the recalls are based around, mainly that you're not forced into paying the union. There are many other issues, but I'd like to stick to these, because those in support of the recall have gone silent on them. I'd like to hear how you can defend what was happening to the taxpayers, and how Walker's opponent, if at all, is going to attempt to defend it.
Also, and I know due to reletives, public employees took to retiring, with full pension, in spring, and being hired back at full pay shortly after, thus now making twice the salary. Defend this too.
Again, I'm just looking for some insight, because I cannot get any from public employees that I know, or pretty much anyone on the left. I'm not starting a war here.