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Wisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - collectively bargained for.
PublicSchoolSpending.com ^ | Fall 2010 | Education Action Group / MacIver Institute

Posted on 02/21/2011 11:29:17 AM PST by sbMKE

Here are a few simple, startling facts for anyone concerned about the financial condition of Wisconsin public schools:

WEA Trust, an insurance company established and closely associated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), siphons millions of crucial dollars from K-12 schools and their students every year.

WEA Trust has grown very fat on public school dollars, with a net worth of $316 million and a team of 12 administrators all receiving compensation packages worth six figures per year.

Sadly, this insurance swindle is endorsed by state law. We at Education Action Group believe it’s time for the citizens of Wisconsin to demand that their school boards be allowed to freely shop for less expensive employee health insurance.

That’s particularly important in the current economic environment, when schools have been forced to lay off teachers, curtail student programs, privatize services and, in some districts, seek permission from voters to exceed their local revenue caps.

The problem is state law, which makes the identity of a school district’s employee health insurance carrier a topic of collective bargaining. That means school boards and local school employee unions must agree on the insurance company that will provide health coverage.

So most unions have traditionally come to the negotiating table demanding expensive WEA Trust insurance coverage, and the strategy has been effective. About 64 percent of Wisconsin’s 426 districts carry WEA Trust insurance, despite its prohibitive costs.

Why do union employees demand WEA Trust coverage?

WEA Trust offers what is commonly known as the “Cadillac” of school employee health coverage. It earned that moniker for two very good reasons - the health coverage is very thorough, and the cost to local school districts is very high.

WEAC pressures its local union officials to stick with WEA Trust. One district administrator told us about a meeting where everyone present, including union employees, agreed that a non-WEA health plan would be better for the district. He said state WEAC representatives were present and argued in favor of WEA Trust, just because it’s the union’s insurance brand.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; fraud; liberalfascism; madison; teachers; unioncorruption; unions; wea; weac; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
Full pdf of the report, from the folks at the Education Act Group Foundation and MacIver Institute above. Well worth the read.

The sad fact is that collective bargaining is a way that the Teacher's Union is stealing taxpayer dollars by mandating a high-cost health plan that is owned by the union. Premiums far exceed market norms.

Windfall profits anyone?

1 posted on 02/21/2011 11:29:25 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: sbMKE

That's not cool................

2 posted on 02/21/2011 11:30:58 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: sbMKE

And the new GOP majority can change state law.

Have at it!

WHat is taking so long?

Have they banned public sector unions yet??


3 posted on 02/21/2011 11:33:58 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: sbMKE

“Collective bargaining” is a pretty way to say “blackmail”.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 11:38:17 AM PST by youngidiot (Don't let the name fool ya, toots.)
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To: youngidiot

It’s a protection racket. We’ll keep the teachers on the job if you buy our special healthcare plan.


5 posted on 02/21/2011 11:41:57 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: sbMKE
I ran into this nformation today when trying to research just how much $$ WEAC and the NEA have invested contributed to our fine AWOL senators. http://www.neaexposed.com/blog/
6 posted on 02/21/2011 11:48:05 AM PST by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: sbMKE; Liz; BOBTHENAILER; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SierraWasp; tubebender; fish hawk

Thanks for posting this incestuous relations ship between the Cadillac Health Care provider for the teachers and the union thugs.

“WEA Trust has grown very fat on public school dollars, with a net worth of $316 million and a team of 12 administrators all receiving compensation packages worth six figures per year.

Sadly, this insurance swindle is endorsed by state law. We at Education Action Group believe it’s time for the citizens of Wisconsin to demand that their school boards be allowed to freely shop for less expensive employee health insurance.

That’s particularly important in the current economic environment, when schools have been forced to lay off teachers, curtail student programs, privatize services and, in some districts, seek permission from voters to exceed their local revenue caps.

The problem is state law, which makes the identity of a school district’s employee health insurance carrier a topic of collective bargaining. That means school boards and local school employee unions must agree on the insurance company that will provide health coverage.

So most unions have traditionally come to the negotiating table demanding expensive WEA Trust insurance coverage, and the strategy has been effective. About 64 percent of Wisconsin’s 426 districts carry WEA Trust insurance, despite its prohibitive costs.

Why do union employees demand WEA Trust coverage?

WEA Trust offers what is commonly known as the “Cadillac” of school employee health coverage. It earned that moniker for two very good reasons - the health coverage is very thorough, and the cost to local school districts is very high.”

This is just another example of how tax payers are $crewed by teachers, their unions and union thugs for the “children”!


7 posted on 02/21/2011 11:49:24 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: sbMKE

An “I’m appalled” bump


8 posted on 02/21/2011 11:49:34 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: pocat

p i n g


9 posted on 02/21/2011 11:50:36 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: timestax
An “I’m appalled” bump


10 posted on 02/21/2011 11:58:21 AM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: sbMKE

Furthermore, as I learned on Rush over the noon hour, the head of AFSCME (the public sector union) makes $450,000 per year. I wonder if members of his union know that?


11 posted on 02/21/2011 12:01:16 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: sbMKE

I strongly resent the fact that my tax dollars pay school personnel to collect dues fot the union. Also, these personnel use computers bought with my tax dollars to transfer dues to the union. Teachers should have to send in their checks every month for their union dues.


12 posted on 02/21/2011 12:01:47 PM PST by abclily
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To: abclily

fot = for


13 posted on 02/21/2011 12:04:01 PM PST by abclily
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To: Ditto

ditto!


14 posted on 02/21/2011 12:06:03 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: sbMKE

Put a hold on all thier assets!

We want our money back!


15 posted on 02/21/2011 12:08:09 PM PST by devistate one four ( AARP: Anti America Retired People Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: Red Badger

Progressive is run by the biggest liberals.

I encourage all conservatives to move their insurance from there to just about anywhere else.


16 posted on 02/21/2011 12:08:47 PM PST by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: sbMKE

Excellent post. Thanks for the information.


17 posted on 02/21/2011 12:11:37 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: sbMKE

It’s not unusual. Michigan Education Association has something similar - MESSA:

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/11/saugatuck_teachers_first_in_ar.html


18 posted on 02/21/2011 12:12:58 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: sbMKE
Once again the rule holds true:

FOLLOW THE MONEY


19 posted on 02/21/2011 12:24:43 PM PST by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: bwc2221

bmk


20 posted on 02/21/2011 12:55:31 PM PST by Hypo2
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To: ConservativeMind
"Progressive is run by the biggest liberals."

IIRC, on MORE than one FR thread, it is owned by Soros (his bro runs it??).

21 posted on 02/21/2011 1:00:23 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

Progressive is publicly traded on the NYSE
symbol: PGR

http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=PGR+Interactive#chart2:symbol=pgr;range=my;indicator=volume;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=on;source=undefined


22 posted on 02/21/2011 1:04:58 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: Grampa Dave
Wisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - collectively bargained for is just another example of how tax payers are $crewed by teachers, their unions and union thugs for the “children”!

A case for law enforcement.

IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433---- (you may remain anonymous)

FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)

EMAIL enforcement@SEC.gov

23 posted on 02/21/2011 1:13:27 PM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: nascarnation

Here is an FR thread describing Peter Lewis and George Soros’ “relationship”.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1375232/posts


24 posted on 02/21/2011 1:26:59 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: sbMKE

Windfall profits, or stealing taxpayer capital for keeping the Democrats, thus the Unions in control.


25 posted on 02/21/2011 2:05:37 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: sbMKE

Ah-HA! Now it becomes oh so clear!

Why wasn’t this publicized sooner? It’s not like it would be a secret!!


26 posted on 02/21/2011 2:24:53 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: sbMKE

So...how many of the unions are on the Obamacare Waiver Lists along with their “insurance companies?”


27 posted on 02/21/2011 4:07:13 PM PST by madison10 (True terror is to wake up one morning & discover that your high school class is running the country)
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To: sbMKE

Is anyone actually surprised by this sort of conduct any more?


28 posted on 02/21/2011 5:03:49 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: sbMKE

More fraud associated with the Wisconsin teachers?

Imagine that....


29 posted on 02/21/2011 5:28:31 PM PST by FourPeas (BO becoming president was just the beginning of the world turned upside down.)
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To: sbMKE; nina0113; Yooper4Life; TheConservativeParty; Hamilcar_Barca; sgtyork; 50cal Smokepole; ...
Wisconsin Conservative Politics Ping List Ping!
30 posted on 02/21/2011 5:34:12 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Red Badger
Flo (Stephanie Courtney) is a hottie!

31 posted on 02/21/2011 5:38:26 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: abclily

“...fot = for...”
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Like nobody could figure that out...


32 posted on 02/21/2011 5:40:00 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: devistate one four
We want our money back!

Whoa! Good idea for a sign.

You're fired!...We want our money back!

33 posted on 02/21/2011 5:44:00 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: sbMKE

WOW!!!!

Just read the whole thing. Just damn....

Thanks a ton for posting this; it’s very important to understanding what’s going on in Madision.


34 posted on 02/21/2011 6:24:40 PM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: sbMKE

I read the whole report earlier today - I can’t believe this is not front page expose type news.


35 posted on 02/21/2011 7:45:13 PM PST by MissH
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Furthermore, as I learned on Rush over the noon hour, the head of AFSCME (the public sector union) makes $450,000 per year. I wonder if members of his union know that?”

Does that include benefits, also? Or is that raw gross salary.

The Wisconsin voters are awakening other states that there are probably other incestuous relationships between their school unions & the insurance coverage they have.
Perhaps for other state workers unions, also.

Since this is called a “Cadillac Plan” I wonder if it falls under the extra punishment NObama built into the NObama HELLTH Care plan????


36 posted on 02/22/2011 7:15:51 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Liz

A bump and repeat for your reply:

“Wisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - collectively bargained for is just another example of how tax payers are $crewed by teachers, their unions and union thugs for the “children”!
A case for law enforcement.

IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433—— (you may remain anonymous)

FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)

EMAIL enforcement@SEC.gov


37 posted on 02/22/2011 7:30:18 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: ridesthemiles

“I wonder if it falls under the extra punishment NObama built into the NObama HELLTH Care plan????”

they probably have bought their “exemption”...


38 posted on 02/22/2011 7:35:29 AM PST by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: Grampa Dave
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39 posted on 02/22/2011 7:47:45 AM PST by Liz (A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: timestax

bttt


40 posted on 02/22/2011 1:17:11 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I’m working on a theory...the unions are being Alinsky’ed by their opponents...shoe hurts when it’s on the other foot...


41 posted on 02/22/2011 6:37:45 PM PST by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: stefanbatory

To be quite blunt, it’s always been a total Circle Jerk between government and unions and health care and unions, and government and health care!

But, that’s Wisconsin for ya...up until TODAY! Wa-Hoo! Hats & Horns! Let the @ss-kickin’ commence!

I. Am. Loving. This. :)


42 posted on 02/22/2011 6:43:28 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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