Putting the teacher bail-out bill in perspective
From the National Right to Work Committee:
Don’t forget that out of the estimated 3.3 million public school teachers nationwide, teachers unions were expecting about 160,000 layoffs this year — just 4.8 percent of all teachers. 38.1 percent of those layoffs are centered in just three states: 9,000 in New Jersey, 16,000 in New York and 36,000 in California. About 57 percent of those 160,000 teachers are unionized as noted by the Heritage Foundation, with contributions to state and local unions averaging $300 per teacher. Add another $162 per teacher to the National Education Association and $190 per teacher to the American Federation of Teachers, as reported by Education Next, and the Senate easily has voted to give a minimum $40 million to the public teachers unions’ political coffers. That money will be mobilized into campaign ads, direct mail, phone banks, you name it, all to help elect Democrats.
The Wall Street Journal points out that a reasonable estimate is that between 1% and 1.5% of teacher salaries goes to union dues. Wisconsin’s share of the money that is supposed to prevent teacher layoffs is about $180 million. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s campaign for governor and his fellow Democrats just got a campaign funding boost between $1.8 million and $2.7 million.