The rising cost of health care

The rising cost of health care

There are 3 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 6, 2007, titled The rising cost of health care. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

There was a lot of sound and fury involved in the contract negotiations between the Leominster teachers' union and Mayor Dean Mazzarella.

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Fitchburg Native

Plainville, CT

#1 Dec 9, 2007
"Teachers especially can't expect taxpayers to keep paying for annual raises as health costs continue to skyrocket, especially when they enjoy a lengthy summer break, unlike any other city workers."
Teachers get paid year round because they work year round. Education is an important part of life. The amount and type of education that individuals receive are a major influence on both the types of jobs they are able to hold and their earnings. Year long learning is important in acquiring new knowledge and upgrading one’s skills, particularly in this age of rapid technological and economic changes. Many teachers spend significant time outside of school preparing for class, doing administrative tasks, conducting research, writing articles and books, and pursuing advanced degrees.
Fed Up With Massachusetts

Leominster, MA

#2 Dec 9, 2007
I agree that teachers need to constantly take additonal courses in order to keep their curiculum current, but this is also true of employees in private industry. A high percentage of blue and white collar salaried workers in the $30-60K range work a minimum 40 hr. week and take additional work home with them AND take continuing ed courses at night to keep up with new technology. Private sector employees don't get summers off nor do many of them have unions to negotiate annual raises for them. Raises are tied to performance and the financial health of the company they work for and they generally pay a minimum of 20-25% of their health insurance costs. Yes, teachers do an important job, but so do the rest of us..... And we are the ones who are paying teachers salaries. Please, don't whine about rising health care costs - we all feel the crunch. Don't expect a better deal than the ones who are paying your salaries. Teachers have the option of short term summer employment to gain additional income - the rest of us don't have that option.

“Baise toi.”

Since: Nov 07

Amherst, NH

#3 Dec 9, 2007
Uh, they don't all work year-round. A pair of teachers I know had a beautiful pool installed in their yard a few years ago, where they've passed every nice day of summer, ever since.

I remember plenty of teachers holding summer jobs when I was a kid - I used to run into them here and there. "Year long learning" is a neat idea, but in my experience, that's all it is: an idea.

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