GOP wants ban on teacher strikes

Minnesota teachers would lose the ability to strike and contract negotiations would be limited to the summer months under a bill passed by a state Senate committee Monday. Full Story
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Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 14, 2011
I would like to see the $25.00 per student penalty borne by both the district and the educators. And let's make it $500.00 per student for each institution.
What

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 15, 2011
Why do small government, freedom loving righties want to make everything illegal?

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Brodie from Shakopee

Shakopee, MN

#4 Mar 15, 2011
Why do small government, freedom loving righties want to make everything illegal?

We are tired of being held hostage by public officials and public unions collaborating against us to keep a protected society. In the private sector, life doesn't work that way unless you keep company with the state.

I am honestly shocked that tax payers are trying to fight back. We, the private sector, took an incredible hit in 2009, 2010 and today. We still have around 10% unemployment, homes are still in foreclosure and we are paying less taxes due to wages adjusting from 2008. Overall, we are paying less in taxes, because we have less money.

No adjustments have been made in the public sector. None. Oh sure, public employees probably didn't get raises in 2009 & 2010, but we didn't spend less. Tax revenues, on the other hand, have fallen. Where is the adjustment?

We are out of money. You can try to round up all the rich people and see if you can squeeze more money from them, but you will not be able to make up the lost tax revenue since 2008. We are broke!!!!!

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jeffo

United States

#5 Mar 15, 2011
The way I see it Minn. school teachers make
good money and have great benefits across
the state... Working only eight or nine months
a year...
When I was in school forty years ago there
was one principle and one assistant principle...
Now it appears there are assistants to the
assistants...
I believe there is a lot of FAT in the public
schools... I think it is about time we look at
cutting K-12 funding...
We tax payers are getting tired of just getting
along just because you are a school TEACHER!!!
NUTSTOU

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 15, 2011
First Wis., then Ohio, did away with collective bargaining, for Public employees. Now Mich. past the nuclear option, where the state has the right to take over any city or municipality, and rewrite all the contracts. These folks are acknowledging the system and the states are broke! Since Dayton is the Minn. governor, we can expect Minn. to be the last upper Midwest state to face reality. He will veto any sensible legislation the Republican Legislature passes.We will hear it is all about the kids. but it is really all about the Teachers and the Union leaders, benefits and salaries. The pendulum swang to far, now it's going back! The sooner the better!
Mammy

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 15, 2011
How about we let the money follow the child instead of the schools? Let parents decide which school is best for their child. The good schools (teachers) thrive, the lousy ones are weeded out.
marry

Plymouth, MN

#9 Mar 15, 2011
This would be a good idea, those knuckleheads in Wisconsin set a terrible example for the children. All of those teachers should be fired as well as those democrats that left the state.

These people are greedy union loonies that only care about themselves.

Out with them.
Confuse Me Not

United States

#10 Mar 15, 2011
Let me see here; cut my pay, take away my benefits, remove my collective bargaining rights, then take away my right to strike.

Hmm, loks like the GOP has taken a page out of North Korea's, Libya's, China's handbook.

My way or the highway as my father would say.

That's just wonderful!

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1163rieh

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Mar 15, 2011
"It was not about the children," Gazelka said. "Children should not be in the middle of that." I agree and hope most teachers feel this way also. After watching the Wisconsin teachers I hope that Mn teachers and all people involved act on a professional level.
Spread The Word

United States

#12 Mar 15, 2011
Long John wrote:
These republicans are out of control. They need to be kicked out of office and sent back to Koch headquarters.
Many of us in my region have stopped buying gas at stations who purchase their fuel from Koch refineries.

SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Paris Hilton

United States

#13 Mar 15, 2011
1163rieh wrote:
"It was not about the children," Gazelka said. "Children should not be in the middle of that." I agree and hope most teachers feel this way also. After watching the Wisconsin teachers I hope that Mn teachers and all people involved act on a professional level.
We need the GOP crowd to like keep the pressure on the middle class so like they don't think of raising the taxes of us rich people.

Who cares about the cries of these like stupid teachers.

Thank you republicans for not like raising my taxes!!

You're HOT!!!
Nut Jobs

United States

#15 Mar 15, 2011
What wrote:
Why do small government, freedom loving righties want to make everything illegal?
AWESOME!!! Just awesome!!!!
Are these not the same people who wrap themselves in the constitution yet want to amend it as well?
Are they not the people who say create jobs yet allowed corporate america to ship them away.(For those who are thinking of suggesting it was Bill Clinton who passed NAFTA, think again. His veto was over-rideen by the Newt Gingrich, Republican controlled Congress of the 90's.)
Are these not the same people who scream forless government but yet want to tell me I must have my baby and pray to their God.
I can go on and on! Wake up America! Keep voting Republican and vote the middle class right out of this country!

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#16 Mar 15, 2011
Public union teacher's stink. They are the bottom of the barrel. FIRE THEM ALL. Then hire back the good ones under non-union conditions. Test them first as some can't even read at an eighth grade level. If you stink, you don't teach. It's as simple as that.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#17 Mar 15, 2011
Confuse Me Not wrote:
Let me see here; cut my pay, take away my benefits, remove my collective bargaining rights, then take away my right to strike.
Hmm, loks like the GOP has taken a page out of North Korea's, Libya's, China's handbook.
My way or the highway as my father would say.
That's just wonderful!
I think you are confused.

It is Education Minnesota that is in favor of slavery. They force every public school teacher to join the union. They force them to donate about $1,000 a year to an organization they may not support. They then take that money and buy Democratic candidates even if the teacher does not want his/her money spent in that way.

No choice = slavery. That is Education Minnesota.

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Middle Class

Lakeville, MN

#18 Mar 15, 2011
What do you know another attempt by the Republicans to bring down the middle class. Might as well try now because in October the power shift returns to the democrats,
Jeff Tea

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Mar 15, 2011
Freedom Lover wrote:
I would like to see the $25.00 per student penalty borne by both the district and the educators. And let's make it $500.00 per student for each institution.
And who do you think is "the district" and "the institution"? Can you steal any more from the taxpayers?
Al Bundy

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Mar 15, 2011
Again, I have a hard time with public workers citing claiming it's an attack on the middle class when they themselves are largely funded by the private sector middle class. The latter of which is not anywhere close to the same level of benefits or job security.
Skippy

Hudson, WI

#21 Mar 15, 2011
Less than 10 posts in and some fool brings up the liberal WI boogeyman.

I would think banning strikes won't matter. The teachers that choose to shirk their responsibilities will just have sick outs with fake doctor's notes.

Glad to see the ahole teachers that went on strike in Madison are forcing the kids to make up the days missed. Nice example they are setting for those kids. Bet the student support for the teachers drops to zero now.
NUTSTOU

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Mar 15, 2011
Nut Jobs wrote:
<quoted text>
AWESOME!!! Just awesome!!!!
Are these not the same people who wrap themselves in the constitution yet want to amend it as well?
Are they not the people who say create jobs yet allowed corporate america to ship them away.(For those who are thinking of suggesting it was Bill Clinton who passed NAFTA, think again. His veto was over-rideen by the Newt Gingrich, Republican controlled Congress of the 90's.)
Are these not the same people who scream forless government but yet want to tell me I must have my baby and pray to their God.
I can go on and on! Wake up America! Keep voting Republican and vote the middle class right out of this country!
Hey Nut Job, your ideology blinds your memory. It was Billy " depends what the meaning of is, is " Clinton, who pushed NAFTA through and then signed the bill into law. You leftie liberals have more twists and turns than Chubby Checker! It is time for you to recognize reality!. It is your man Obama, and his buddy Bernanke, who are bankrupting the middle class by destroying the value of the $ Dollar

“Get A Job!!”

Since: Mar 11

Eden Prairie

#24 Mar 15, 2011
If the teachers of Minnesota don't like it they can always dust off that resume and get in the job market. But that would mean you would actually have to work. It's easier do complain and demonstrate.

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