Please explain what I'm missing here. I know I'm missing something, but I just can't seem to grasp it.
I'm in WI. We just has an overhaul of our public workers' unions, including the teachers. Teachers now have to pay a small percent for their health insurance, and a small percent for their pension. (less than 10% for both I think it's 6% of the premiums for insurance, and 8% for pensions, but not 100% sure). And collective bargaining has ended, meaning teachers CAN be represented by a union, however the union doesn't have much say for anything other than salary raises up to a few percent per year.
So my middle-of-the-road-friend and I were talking about another "friend", we all went to school together. My friend mentions our other friend, who is a teacher, is looking into quitting and going into another line of work b/c of the politics, b/c so much was taken away. My middle-of-the-road friend didn't elaborate, she doesn't like politics talk.
So I come home and look up other friend, public employees salaries are all accessible online. She makes 43k and gets 31k in benefits - so while she makes 43k, she costs us 74k. Pension, healthcare, sick days (I think WI teachers get like 12 or something crazy like that), vacation days, I'm not sure how all of that addes up to 31k! As a taxpayer I think that's crazy. She gets paid a decent amount, nothing huge, not too low. Certainly livable and then some - plus she doesn't have to save much for retirement since that nice cushy pension will be waiting for her. I get that teacher is a job, some teachers have it harder than others, but almost all have about 3 months off during the year. I get that while school is in session they might work more than 40 hr/wk, but I doubt they work so much more that it averages to 40hr/wk for 50 wks. (I doubt it's 2000 hrs, like a regular job).
I just hear so many teachers complain about their job and go on and on how hard it is to be a teacher. but I can't think it's much harder than any other job. And other jobs don't have summers off, and end with a cushy pension.
What am I missing? They lost a little in the union stuff that happened, but they used to not pay anything for their health and pension. Don't they see that they had a ridiculousy sweet deal before and now they have just a sweet deal. Don't they see they were taking advantage of the tax payers and now, well they still have a good job, with good ay and awesome benefits.
I was a TA while in grad school, I got my tution for free and got paid, like 5k - that was a sweet deal for the amount of work I did (very little). I wouldn't have fussed if they cut my pay b/c I shouldn't have made that much to begin with.