LOS ANGELES – 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, it’s revealed that members of United Teachers Los Angeles (the local teachers union) didn’t pay one thin dime toward health insurance premiums in 2010-11. That cost fell to taxpayers, who parted with a whopping $416 million.
The school district’s 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.
And the problem in Los Angeles persists. According to media reports, teachers are still not required to contribute toward health insurance premiums.
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.
They don't give a damn about the children, just themselves....and we wonder why we continue to fall further behind. Between dumbing down the curriculum, producing poorer teachers, allowing ineffective teachers to continue, as well as throwing money down the insurance glory hole, our schools are a joke....but don't tell that to the unions...you simply aren't paying enough for them. You should pay more so they can get FREE HEALTHCARE, so they can have FREE pensions. So much for skin in the game and fair share....