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Monday, July 18, 2011

Teacher's Unions

Dana Mathewson

Couldn't find anything about it from snopes or fact check.

Teachers Unions

Two decidedly different descriptions. (I don't know what HOOVERS is.)

HOOVERS: Company Description
Bringing the teacher an apple is nice, but providing her with good insurance is where WEA Trust makes the grade. The not-for-profit organization serves up health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance for Wisconsin's public school employees through subsidiary WEA Insurance Corporation. Its health offerings include prescription plans, diabetes management support, and dental policies. It also offers auto and homeowners insurance and promotes health in schools through a variety of public outreach programs. The company insures more than 160,000 Wisconsin public school workers and their families along with some other state workers. The Wisconsin Education Association Council founded WEA Trust in 1970.
Subject: Teachers Unions

This Wisconsin Racket's Bluff Called:

Remember the violent and disgusting demonstrations over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing away with the collective bargaining for teacher's unions? The results are in. Some school districts went from a $400,000 deficit to a $1,500,000 surplus as a result. Why? It seems that the insurance company that provided all the "so-called" benefits to the teachers, was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher's union. Since they were guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers and the state had to pay for it, and not the teachers, they were increasing the annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state. Then the insurance company donated millions and millions of dollars to their favorite politicians, who when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union's outrageous costs. In other words, the insurance company was a "pass through" for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the politicians.

Nice racket, and this is similar to what is going on in every single state that allows collective bargaining for public employees. No wonder the states are
taking it away. Now the State of Wisconsin is free to put the insurance contract out for bid, and lo and behold, they have saved so much money it has turned deficits into surpluses. As a result, none of the teachers had to be laid off, everyone got a raise, etc., etc., and the taxpayers of Wisconsin don't have to pay more taxes to fund the union's political ambitions.

If you weren't aware of the reasons why Gov. Walker was fighting to take away collective bargaining, this gives you an idea of the problem. Outside of one or two politicians, none of them know how to speak up and explain properly what the problem is.

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