While she may work more than 7.5 hrs per day, do you really think she works many days beyond the 180 (177 including the snow days). You're assuming private sector salaried folks don't work more than 7.5 hrs per day. Just like teachers, some private sector folks work more than 7.5, some more, and some less (if you include internet surfing, etc.)<quoted text>
did you really just claim that she, as a teacher, only works 7.5 hours a day and then only on the 180 days the students are in the school? Salaried employees, exempt from overtime, are paid more than the typical pay per hour BECAUSE they never work the hours they are supposedly being paid for. 7.5 hours a day, good grief, get educated about the educators you people keep trying to tear down. Do you have any teacher friends or a teacher you can get an honest answer from? Ask them how many hours over the 7.5 per day they are paid for that they typically work in a day, week, or month. Unions are being presented as an easy target by the Republicans for people angry about the recession, I certainly get that, but this bill goes way too far.
Working as a teacher should not be equitable with volunteering. Some of you seem to imply that everyone in the private sector hates their jobs but they put up with it because they want paid the big bucks. But everyone in a public job better love their job because they should not be expected to get paid much? Teachers are not paid by taxpayers, they are paid by the government. Your idea that teachers work for you is no more valid than a teacher claiming that the people on the oil rigs work for them because they buy the gas that keeps them employed. Wake up, you pay taxes that run the government, teachers buy gas, clothing, food, etc, that run your corporations. Unless you printed the money, it did not start with you.
Some of you claim taxpayers should get a vote on how this one small part of your taxes get spent. What about all of your other tax money? Do you even know where it all goes? Nope, as I mentioned before, Republicans have set up unions with a big old target on them so taxpayers can take all of their taxation frustrations out where the Republicans want them to.
And another thing, we should all stop blaming this on the Republicans because not even all of the elected Republicans agree with what has been done...some on a smaller scale of just parts, but others disagree with very large aspects of it. But let the Republican "majority" keep claiming this is what the people want. The referendum vote will probably squash this bill anyway and Republicans are certainly going to have a harder time come next election.
The claims that unions should not be able to support politics with union dues? But it is okay for corporations to do so? If they have all that money laying around, why are all of you private sector employees not questioning why that money is being spent on politicians and not on lowering prices or raising your pay and benefits?
Changing a 27 year old bill in a few weeks is wrong. No one can argue that. Change is needed, no one can argue that either. But this is ridiculous.
It's strange that you don't address Ms. Brigner's gross misrepresentation of her current pay and lying about not getting a raise. She has recieved a raise every year that she has taught...something very few private sector folks can say.