Teachers unions have outrageous benefits

Hurray for Gov. Scott Walker! He is standing against a union, the NEA and its minions in Wisconsin.

Labor unions have a long, storied and violent history in America. Most don't realize how corrupt, misleading and influential they have become in today's political process.

Look at these facts:

  • 15.3 million Americans belong to unions.
  • For the first time ever, more union members are public sector employees than private sector. 7.9 million public sector, 7.4 million private.
  • Only 45 percent of the NEA's members are Democrats, but 94 percent of NEA contributions went to Democrats in the last election. The unions are a honey-pot for progressive political causes that have nothing to do teachers, much less students, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • Since 2000, nearly 14,000 EEOC complaints have been filed against unions - 4,248 race discrimination, 3,386 age discrimination, 1,828 sex discrimination, 297 religious discrimination, 1,642 disability discrimination, 2,422 miscellaneous discrimination.
  • 83 percent of bad teachers never get fired. According to Chicago school principals, current union power makes if nearly impossible to fire poor teachers.
  • About half of all union members in America live in California, New York, Michigan, Illinois and New Jersey. Guess what? States facing the highest budget deficiencies are California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. Scary, huh?

In Milwaukee, the average teacher compensation package exceeds $100,000, the graduation rate is under 50 percent, for black children less than 35 percent. Is it any wonder that Walker wants to change the educational landscape, to bring fiscal responsibility and help to Wisconsin's children and residents?

I am not against teachers. I used to be one. Most teachers are very conscientious, many are superb. I am against the collective bargaining unions use to demand outrageous benefits at the cost of non-union members, while education's results are dismal.

Duane Block

Lenoir City