Skip to comments.LA School Insurance Blowout: Taxpayers Pay $416 Million, Employees Pay Zero
Posted on 07/12/2012 8:38:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
Union-funded hacks like those at the Economic Policy Institute tell us public employees have it rough. Their pay is so low they resort to eating dog food at night. Their pensions are terrible and no one and we mean no one should be subjected to such poor health care coverage.
It baffles the mind, then, to look at the honest numbers. Because when one does, it shows that the people at EPI are little more than union shills spewing cooked up numbers to satisfy the paymaster.
In the latest in a series of reports issued by EAGnews.org focused on labor spending in metropolitan school districts across the country, its revealed that members of United Teachers Los Angeles (the local teachers union) didnt pay one thin dime toward health insurance premiums in 2010-11. That cost fell to taxpayers, who parted with a whopping $416 million.
How could this be? The school districts budget deficit entering the 2010-11 fiscal year was $640 million. Employees were laid off by the thousands and five instructional days were cancelled, yet union employees were allowed to maintain their free and very costly health coverage.
This is different than most school districts around the nation, which have been forcing employees to pay upwards of 30 percent of their insurance premiums.
And the problem in Los Angeles persists. According to media reports, teachers are still not required to contribute toward health insurance premiums.
Instead of emulating private sector trends and cutting labor costs when necessary, the government class in Los Angeles remains in its own little world of free health care, free retirement and automatic raises.
Just imagine if members of the UTLA were required to pay 20 percent toward insurance, which would still be well below the national private sector average. Schools could reap the savings and put them toward their mission: educating children.
That would equal $83.2 million that could go toward recalling laid off teachers and restoring instructional days to the school calendar. According to media reports, the Los Angeles district has eliminated 18 days of instruction over the past four years due to budget constraints.
Instead, unions and their apologists insist that schools are desperate for cash and taxes must be raised. Until public schools get serious and adopt practices common in the private sector, we cant expect anything to change except a continued increase in the cost of education.
The horror stories continue UN-abaited.
Also check to see from where the school district buys the insurance. One of the big scams up in Wisconsin was that the districts often had to buy the insurance from the teachers' union for many times what the same coverage would cost on the open market.
Correctomundo about Wisconsin!! Hey LA - why don’t you check with Scott Walker? haaaa.
Until Walker changed the rules - the schools WERE FORCED to purchase their Cadillac Insurance from the WEAC Owned Health Care Insurance and it has saved even small school districts millions of dollars per year.
Da Union Thug details are being spotlighted with a big old flashlight!
We love the fact that we beat back the costly recall. We proudly showed ‘em who was boss here in Wisconsin.
You bet they are union shills: The Economic Policy Institute is owned and operated by the AFL-CIO. Seriously.
The only thing the left can do is use lying Saul Alinsky tactics for everything they say or do.
In fact if you wanted something closer to the truth, take what ever a lie-Beral says and reverse it. You will be amazed how accurate it will be.
Remember, the poor Lie-Berals have all recorded history working against them so only repeated lies keeps their failed ideology alive.
Wait to LAUSD has to pay out all the civil suits coming because they allowed pervert teachers to remain in close contact with children.
It’s going to be in nine figures. Insurance will not cover most of it. Taxpayers will pay it along with everything else, unless Sacramento is invaded by a Walker/Christie type.
Sucks to be in California, as a productive citizen.
Public employees should receive zero benefits. All should be paid a straight salary and nothing else. It is the only way to stop the embezzlement of public funds.