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Teacher Unions and Preparing for the Future

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help teachers unionsOver the past few months and the last few days there have been large headlines and many high profile fights brewing over the role of public employees and how their compensation should be measured against that of private workers. To be sure there can be valid arguments made that while a country, state, or municipality is suffering budget issues that public employees would have to make adjustments to salary, furloughs, benefit packages, or pension plans.  Teachers and other public employees will correctly say that over the past fifteen years in negotiating their contracts that concessions were made concerning short term gains in exchange for better pension plans that are now under assault. There is very little a lone teacher can do to fight against these winds of change which means that a teacher’s best option is to do the best they can to prepare for what these changes could mean to the career path they have chosen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by samomulligan

February 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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Nurses – Unions – Benefits – Salary

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californiaprogressreport.comSo first they came for the garbage men, and we did nothing. Then they came for the teachers, and we did nothing. Then they came for the police and firemen, and we did nothing. Now it is becoming ever more clear that the big money interests are now going to go after nurses, their unions, and most importantly their compensation.

In an article today in the New York Times about possible nurse strikes happening both in NY and in California it has become clear that the same argument made to go after teacher unions is being used for nurses as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by samomulligan

December 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

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