Is the Teacher’s Union as Dead as a Doornail?
Showdown in Milwaukee: PATCO Revisited
by Gary North
have waited 50 years for this: a showdown between the teachers’ union and a state legislature. It took successful revolts in Tunisia and Egypt to get members of the teachers’ union into the streets. They see themselves as liberationists. In fact, they are Mubaraks.
We are now seeing the equivalent of Custer’s last stand. The question is: Who is Custer in this confrontation, the governor or the teachers’ union?
The average teacher’s salary for the state is $49,000, but that does not count medical benefits and retirement. The total compensation package for Milwaukee teachers is $100,000. This is for eight months of work per year.
The teachers are not teaching. They are taking a paid sick leave in the streets of Milwaukee. The union is telling the voters and the state legislature: “Either we retain our privileged position, or else!” Are we seeing a replay of Blazing Saddles?
THE PATCO SHOWDOWN: 1981