Groveport Madison, teachers have pact...

Groveport Madison, teachers have pact for now

There are 15 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Mar 1, 2011, titled Groveport Madison, teachers have pact for now. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

The Groveport Madison school board and its teachers union could soon be back at the negotiating table despite reaching agreement on a new contract yesterday.

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Better get ready

Columbus, OH

#1 Mar 1, 2011
Better get ready to open your walltes again. That three-year operating levy passed in May 2009 expires in 2012. Oh! And remember... We "need" new schools too.
dallas

Westerville, OH

#2 Mar 1, 2011
My husband and I are on Medicare and our health insurance (medical and prescription premium) costs are $592 a month. Plus the prescription has $310 deductible for each of us before it pays anything. Also, we have not had an increase in our monthly benefit for 2 years because there has been NO INFLATION! I really don't want to hear teachers complain about anything. I'm struggling to pay my costs, you can pay yours.
Pick tax payer

Pickerington, OH

#3 Mar 1, 2011
Under the previous contract, the board fully covered teachers on the single-person health plan while those on the family plan paid $20 a month - or 0.5 percent - officials said. This is exactly one of the reasons John Kasich will bust the unions. Thanks for making these changes Mr Kasich and protecting the people in Ohio. The school boards do not care about anyone but themselves and their union buddies.
Sundowner

Columbus, OH

#4 Mar 1, 2011
Gee, a $625 increase for a teacher making %50,000 a year (average for most teachers in this area) and they have to pay $20 more a year in health insurance costs. I feel so sorry for them. I wish I could find a job paying $33 an hour (their average based on days they have to work).
Not Crazy

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 1, 2011
Get a job. If you "can't" work, don't complain about what you are given for free. You are not entitled to anything.
dallas wrote:
My husband and I are on Medicare and our health insurance (medical and prescription premium) costs are $592 a month. Plus the prescription has $310 deductible for each of us before it pays anything. Also, we have not had an increase in our monthly benefit for 2 years because there has been NO INFLATION! I really don't want to hear teachers complain about anything. I'm struggling to pay my costs, you can pay yours.
Jerry Stupenko

Columbus, OH

#6 Mar 1, 2011
dallas wrote:
My husband and I are on Medicare and our health insurance (medical and prescription premium) costs are $592 a month. Plus the prescription has $310 deductible for each of us before it pays anything. Also, we have not had an increase in our monthly benefit for 2 years because there has been NO INFLATION! I really don't want to hear teachers complain about anything. I'm struggling to pay my costs, you can pay yours.
You realize that after Kasich outlaws unions and makes this contract moot, he's coming after medicaid and medicare too.

You people should be banding together, not fighting.
why not now

Columbus, OH

#7 Mar 1, 2011
Pick tax payer wrote:
Under the previous contract, the board fully covered teachers on the single-person health plan while those on the family plan paid $20 a month - or 0.5 percent - officials said. This is exactly one of the reasons John Kasich will bust the unions. Thanks for making these changes Mr Kasich and protecting the people in Ohio. The school boards do not care about anyone but themselves and their union buddies.
At what point do you blame the board for their poor negotiating?

They are the ones who determine what the district’s pay and benefit levels are. The teachers only get paid the amount that the board approves.

Teaching is a job, nothing more, nothing less. Teachers are just like most every other person with a job, they want to make as much money as possible in their job. They want the best benefits and working conditions too.

It’s up to the bosses (the elected board of education) to reign in and control the costs of the operation.

Personally, I blame the bosses for their poor decisions and negotiation skills, not the workers.

Just sayin…
Just Listening

United States

#8 Mar 1, 2011
Not Crazy wrote:
Get a job. If you "can't" work, don't complain about what you are given for free. You are not entitled to anything.
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I spent 30 years in the military and I also have not had a COLA increase in the last two years. In addition my social security has not had a COLA increase either. I worked my nonunion military job for 30 years. You get a job and get off the internet. People on the internet at almost 10:30 in the morning apparently have nothing better to do than to bash retirees.
OakieDokie

Westerville, OH

#9 Mar 1, 2011
Jerry Stupenko wrote:
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You realize that after Kasich outlaws unions and makes this contract moot, he's coming after medicaid and medicare too.
You people should be banding together, not fighting.
Just a question. How is Kasich going to "come after Medicare", when that is a Federal program?
Jerry Stupenko

Columbus, OH

#10 Mar 1, 2011
OakieDokie wrote:
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Just a question. How is Kasich going to "come after Medicare", when that is a Federal program?
I meant to say 'Kasich and the rest of the republicans', including those in Congress.
lobo

Grove City, OH

#11 Mar 1, 2011
I guess I need to phrase this in a different way so it isn't zapped by a moderator. With the increase in salary the librarian's salary will be higher than $82,000. I believe this is a fact and the question as it relates to this article is....... is $83-84K an appropriate salary for the librarian. Mr/Ms. moderator please let me know if this comment violates some rule.
SB5 supporters are funny

Saint Clairsville, OH

#12 Mar 1, 2011
You SB5 supporters realize that SB5 will give more power to the BOEs right?

Guess who approved this contract? Is the union supposed to turn it down?
Concerned Citizen

Reynoldsburg, OH

#13 Mar 1, 2011
That librarian no longer has a job.
Congress Works For Us

Hilliard, OH

#14 Mar 1, 2011
OakieDokie wrote:
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Just a question. How is Kasich going to "come after Medicare", when that is a Federal program?
It isn't. It's a Federal-State partnership.

It's also hurtling towards oblivion as more and more physicians stop accepting it...

Since: Feb 11

Hilliard, OH

#15 Mar 2, 2011
SB5 supporters are funny wrote:
You SB5 supporters realize that SB5 will give more power to the BOEs right?
Guess who approved this contract? Is the union supposed to turn it down?
Wrong. The local board currently holds ALL of the power. How could they possibly get MORE than ALL? And agreed with the previous poster regarding the boards - they are mostly union backed and supporters of the unions, even though they are supposed to represent the taxpayers. Unions hold the threat of a strike over their heads and they fold like pup tents. SB5 will at least guarantee that the 4% health premiums GM teachers are now paying won't be lasting for long, even if the bill did water it down to 15% from it's original 20%. Any private sector workers getting an 85% pickup on their premiums? Post away....

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