posted on Feb, 25 2011 @ 11:46 AM
Teachers, firefighters and police, etc, etc typically make the same as non-union states relative to the cost of the living. And in the states where
teachers make significantly more money, union dues are higher.. for teachers the average starting wage union or not is around 32-33k/year and tenure
45-60k More affluent communities have higher paid teachers of course.
Personally, I went to a Catholic school where the teachers were non-union and made less than public school teachers in the nearby schools. They
stayed though, because they loved teaching.. and when the public schools, who made about 15k more per teacher and used 5 times the funding as our
Catholic school, were nearly shut down for failing grades and poor test scores.. my school scored off the charts.
Personally, I don't think the issue lies with teachers but with administrators.. and unions. I should support unions since both parents belong to
one (mother is actually a member of a public teachers union) and my own wife is a member of a public union .. but just seeing the way they work, they
take to much. I don't think the gov should take away collective bargaining.. but anymore, especially with people my age (lower 20's) a public
sector job is the "dream job" .. because you'll make more, never get fired and have the best benefits. It really shouldn't be that way.
Democrats, imo, are desperate to save the unions because it's a primary source of revenue for their campaigns.