Posted by mellow fellow, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2011 at 11:04 am
I can't believe I'm saying this ... government unions need to have a brake up on their benefits. Yes, I would have told you the right wingers were nuts 2 years ago. Now, I'm beginning to hear their music. Fiscal abuse with government unions is out of hand. It's got to stop somewhere.
Posted by Arroyo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2011 at 9:59 am
I don't have a problem with most teachers, just the unions that represent them. I do not believe that the Teacher's Unions have the best interests of the children as their #1 priority, and the speed of teacher tenure championed by the unions is but one example.
Unions breed mediocrity in work performance - they always have, and always will. Unions also protect the worst teachers in their membership (as long as they can pay their dues).
It is time to take another look at teacher's unions, as well as all government employee unions in California.
Posted by Kemo Sabe, a resident of the Grey Eagle Estates neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:35 am
You have to watch the movie "Waiting for Superman" it is all about school teachers and unions. It's an eye opener and shows that although near impossible, things can be changed.
Let me see, I'm a state government employee with a union job, I pay my dues and I'm beholding to the state government to pass legislation that provides my pension and health care benefits. The democrats own the unions, and the unions own their people. Does anyone see a conflict in this mess? Government employees at any level (Fed, State or local) should never belong to a union.
If you don't understand this, then don't vote or protest on anything to do with unions - you are too dumb.
Posted by Finally, a resident of the Pheasant Ridge neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Yes, California Teacher's Union...the "Chickens Have Come Home to Roost." Even hippie retreads like Jerry Brown are realizing that your "benefits" negotiated with your liberal supporters during the CA boom years are now unsustainable. It's so funny how you all cried and sobbed about the parcel tax going down...well, I WILL vote for the tax this time, IF you pay a little more for your BMW benefits plans. Actually, I think the PUSD teacher's do a great job educating the kids and would be willing to help more...if not for the unions.
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2011 at 10:26 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I wish they'd go to Wisconsin and show that they really 'stand for families' (what a joke--propaganda at it's worst). Bust the union and balance the budget OR lay them all off like the air traffic controllers were fired in the 80's.
Posted by bob123, a resident of another community, on Feb 23, 2011 at 9:23 am
How surprising that the hogs are at the proverbial trough again!! Only this time trying to keep a hold on the excessive benefits negotiated becasue they work for "reduced salaries as compared to the private sector". OK so I guess teachers at private schools make so much more than public school teachers..oh-not so. Ok than secretaries, retail workers, nurses and legal assistants make more and have greater benefits --no? ( oh and what do you mean thoe folks work all 12 months and usually more hours per week including getting work done on weekends--oh but they get to wear expensive clothes and work in nice buildings-- while teachers are hard to tell apart from students or the custodians--oh except that the custodians usually dress better than the teachers. And I suppose the time spent marching in suport is paid time off!!Give me a break!!
Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a member of the Hart Middle School community, on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:28 am
*notices that the P-Weekly Tea Partiers have absolutely no wrath for the Wall Street bandits who wrecked the economy and nothing bad to say about the Wisconsin's governor's insistence on HUGE tax breaks for the wealthy...*
Posted by YAT???, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:57 am
YAT - how are you posting mid-day? Aren't you supposed to be working?
If feel sorry for any child taught by you. They will surely be disadvantaged with the entitlement mentality that you impart on them.
I must have missed the anti-wall street bailout protest you organized otherwise I would have joined in. Oh I guess you did do that. Maybe it was because you didn't realize then that it would jeopardize your cheese.
Posted by DWU, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Oh yea - unions have been so great for our country these past 30 years. They helped us maintain our manufacturing edge and helped companies like GM, Chrysler, etc. maintain their leads. Oops - let's just forget about that little bailout they got so they wouldn't go bankrupt under the weight of their union demands. Hopefully the taxpayers will soon forget that multi-million dollar sink hole.
Posted by An entrepeneour---, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm
I'd rather be "Hannitized" than "NEA-ized"!!!!!
We have the very same situation here in CA, but we've just never had a politician in the Governor's Office, OR the Assembly OR Senate who has had the spine to stand up to the Unions!!! WHY do you think we have this stalemate NOW over a $25B+ budget DEFICIT? Very simply stated --- OVERSPENDING by the Liberals that we keep sending to Sacramento!!! WAKE UP and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, fellow Voters!!! YOU are the problem,and only YOU can solve it! We MUST stop sending all these free spending ATTORNEYS, educated at OUR expense, in OUR liberal schools, to GOVERN US, when they don't know how to govern themselves and their UNREALISTIC SPENDING HABITS! tHIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICAL PARTY OR AFFILIATION -- it has to do with basic philosophy of HOW TO LIVE WITHIN ONES MEANS! And, we have not done that for so long, we have almost forgotten HoW to doit!
WAKE UP NOW, or we kiss the America that we all love GOOD-BYE!!!!!!
Posted by Alberto, a resident of the Foothill Farms neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm
What is it that the left doesn't understand, no money means no money.
During WW11 we all cut back because we had to, we were united, we were issued meat tokens, shoe tokens, gasoline rationing plus many more conservation efforts. What is the big deal about cutting back until we get out of this mess that over borrowing and over spending has gotten us into. Teachers Unions stop whining and participate in the cure, you can be replaced, and don't think for a minute that the Union is going to protect you, all they want is your money to support the election campaigns of the goons.
Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a member of the Hart Middle School community, on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm
Hm, I was answered by silence AND a personal attack--but nothing answering the substance of my charge, which is that the Tea Partiers are not outraged by the Wall Street thieves who looted trillions (yeah, you read right, trillions) and got off free and easy.
In the meantime, here's the great Tea Party hero of the moment, answering to his true masters:
Posted by Poller Bear, a resident of the Canyon Creek neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm
"During WW11 we all cut back because we had to... What is the big deal about cutting back until we get out of this mess"
This statement perfectly delineates the limited understanding many people have about the current economic woes. We are not ALL being asked to cut back because of the economic crisis resulting from irresponsible corporate (read: "rich folks") behavior. The rich folks are not cutting back, they're getting tax cuts. Corporate leaders were bailed out and go unpunished. It must be quite entertaining for them to nudge the weak-minded middle class members into blaming each other and fighting amongst themselves for fiscal bread crumbs and table scraps while they grow fatter. They must get together and pass around the popcorn as they watch news feeds of the rest of us fight each other and strip ourselves of the protections we currently have from their manipulation and greed.
Posted by b, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:00 am
The middle class is officially dead. The new American Way is to take money from the middle class workforce to fund Wall Street bailouts, oil company tax breaks, and tax reductions for million-dollar earners <waving flag>
Posted by anon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:22 am
How many of you progressive elitists protested on Chrismas eve a couple years back when Geither quitely announced that the US Treasury would make good on all Freddie/Fannie debts/losses - essentially a multi-trillion dollar bailout for the bond vigilante ( the rich you are rabidly going after)?
You probably didn't have a clue as you were so focused on extracting your entitlements from the silent taxpayers. You complain so much about the rich but do absolutely nothing when our government is perpetrating serious economic crimes against the middle class.
Posted by parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:29 am
I'm upset by the banks! Have been for the last 3 years. Have you seen the bonuses they are getting this year - check it out on yahoo finance. Totally ridiculous. I'm tired of my money being used for their mistakes, mistakes of homebuyers who overextended and then walked away from their obligations and by mistakes with public sector contracts and mismanagement that will affect my kids futures.
Posted by anon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:34 am
You all complain about the rich but do nothing except promote the growth of inefficient government so you can extract your entitlements as you so justly deserve (in your own mind).
In the meantime, you have done nothing to address the underlying issues that have helped cause the wealth division. You aren't even aware of the true underlying drivers of this. E.g., do you even understand the negative impact that QE2 is having on the lower/middle class? You are probably looking the other way on this one as it allows our government to continue its deficit spending.
Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:47 am
Everyone should read YAT's link. The governor of Wisconsin is a liar and a fraud. He got all the concessions that he asked for from the unions, but, as the leaked tape from the guy who punked him on the phone illustrates, it was not about the budget. It never was about the money. He was motivated strictly to bust the unions.
That is just plain wrong when they gave him everything he asked for except their promise to not represent their members.
Posted by anon, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:59 am
How many months/years did Wisconsin politicians know there was an issue and did nothing about it because they were captured by special interests - the biggest being public unions?
And now they come rushing to the table with concessions at the last minute because they know they will be forced to anyway?
The Wisconsin governor is going after collective bargaining because it is an impediment to the needed changes. Of course, unions want to slow this down. The longer this goes on, the more they win and the taxpayer loses.
And all you can focus on is a phone call where he was punked. Remember when the tables were turned with that community activist group a couple of years ago and progressives were jumping up and down because they were punked on video? You are pathetic and a hypocrit.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm
It looks like union reform is going to happen, even in California:
"(CNN) -- The fight over public union benefits and collective bargaining is spreading across the United States. Here is a state-by-state breakdown:"
Lawmakers introduced a bill that would do away with collective bargaining of pension benefits for the state's public employees. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown had imposed a statewide hiring freeze across all government agencies."
Posted by resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2011 at 1:34 am
Teacher's unions are out of control. Lets start a parent's union that will represent the students best interests. There are more of us then them so lets use collective bargaining to make sure student are the focus. How about supporting good teachers and loosing the bad ones.
Check out studentsfirst.org founder Michelle Rhee. It is a wonderful movement nation wide working to improve our schools.