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Public-Sector Unions Fight to Keep Bloated Benefits
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/4/2011 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 02/04/2011 5:57:18 AM PST by MichCapCon

Between Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for a substantial business tax cut and a $1.8 billion state overspending budget gap, lawmakers are looking for places to save. Many both in and outside government are calling for lowering government employee benefits to private-sector levels, so not surprisingly public-sector unions are gearing up for a fight.

The first offensive began with a media onslaught: “(T)he state’s largest teachers union says school employee compensation is comparable to the private sector,” wrote Peter Luke of The Grand Rapids Press. His column reports that the Michigan Education Association will “provide the data” during the upcoming budget debate that shows the “total compensation” received by teachers is comparable to those in the private sector. The MEA’s argument is that, when controlling for education levels, public-sector employees may actually be underpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts.

However, the unions rely on data from allies in academia and government who often look only at salaries when comparing private- and public-sector compensation. In fact, it’s skyrocketing public-sector fringe benefits that are behind much of the disparity. “Total compensation” properly includes benefits like paid leave, retirement contributions, health insurance and more. In each of these, public-sector benefits tend to be far more generous.

Comparing salaries while controlling for “education level” introduces additional problems. For example, a virtual prohibition on merit pay in public schools means that teachers employed by the government are much more likely to pursue higher degrees because, along with additional years on the job, more credentials are the only way for an individual to boost his or her pay level. Many school districts even subsidize employees acquiring these extra academic letters after their names, regardless of many studies showing that additional degrees have little effect on their classroom performance.

Finally, their own self interest must be considered...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: michigan; ricksnyder; unions

1 posted on 02/04/2011 5:57:23 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

The ultimate pay cut is when people finally realize how crappy Michigan schools are and start home schooling. My kids are so far ahead of public schools it is embarrassing. This with only 3-5 hours of school per day. My belief is that the schools in Michigan should be paid less than Burger King employees.


2 posted on 02/04/2011 6:07:13 AM PST by jimpick
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To: MichCapCon

My daughter is in private school and the teachers are paid peanuts but the school is at least a year ahead of the public schools. Of course the public schools have their work cut out for them with all the problems of the kids caused by the depraved lifestyles of the parents, caused mostly by the “baby daddies.”


3 posted on 02/04/2011 6:25:35 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: MichCapCon

Public schools were not designed to educate. The progressives never wanted an educated population. What they strive for is an indoctrinated population that they can have control over. What we have in effect is a public indoctrination system from k9 to graduate school the goal is to produce clones of the assh*les doing the indoctrination.


4 posted on 02/04/2011 6:43:59 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: yldstrk
My daughter was a math teacher at a Christian School for 10 years {you're right they get paid peanuts}.

She had her own business before she taught and has another one now, but she wanted to spend more time with her son until he graduated from middle and high school and this year he will be going to college.

He is a straight A student and he tested equal to a college junior {as did many in his class}.

Don't ask me what criteria was used to equate those scores to a college junior, as I don't know, but it's easy to see how much further ahead the kids that come from private schools are.

5 posted on 02/04/2011 6:45:35 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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