Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's for the children...

Although this particular item is local to the Cincinnati area, it could very well hold lessons for other venues:

"Disagreements over health care benefits could unravel 10 months of progress ... The district wants teachers to pay more than twice as much for health care costs"

In a classic example of unstoppable force versus immovable object, the district, facing substantial budget shortfalls, wants its teachers to pony up more towards their own premiums. In the real world (i.e. the private sector), this isn't even a question any more - you will pay more, it's only a question of how much. But in the bizarro world of teachers' unions (among others), being asked to help out the taxpayer is tantamount to falling on one's own sword.

The Queen City's school system faces a $20 million budget deficit; in a bone-numbing display of understatement, the article observes that "[t]he teachers’ contract is important because it can ultimately affect the way schools operate and how kids are taught."

No kidding.

UPDATE: It looks like the Queen City and the Garden State are on the same page:

[Hat Tip for Cincinnati story: FoIB Holly R]
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