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Wisconsin Union Collective Bargaining: A Teacher’s Fundamental Right to Viagra

Captain Kirk~POTL 2011/02/27 20:12:23

Wisconsin Union Collective Bargaining: A Teacher’s Fundamental Right to Viagra

Posted February 25th, 2011 at 2:00pm in Enterprise and Free Markets with 1 commentsPrint This Post Print This Post

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, in an exclusive interview with the Heritage Foundation, called union collective bargaining a “vicious cycle,… one I think people have realized we can’t afford anymore.” Government unions bargain for more taxpayer money, collect dues from their membership, and come right back to the table demanding more. In the case of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), more means Viagra, Cialis, and the like for male employees of Milwaukee public schools.

In 2002, through collective bargaining, MTEA won the inclusion of Viagra in its members’ health plans, and by 2004, 10% of union membership (which isn’t a male-dominated set) was subscribing to the benefit — at a cost of more than $200,000 per year to the Milwaukee school district. Not until 2005 was the school district finally able to convince an arbitrator to drop the coverage.

Last year, while the school district faced a $10 million dollar budget shortfall, the MTEA decided it was time to revisit those drug benefits and filed a lawsuit demanding their reintroduction to union health plans—at a projected cost of $786,000 in 2010.

It may look like the union trying to raise costs for taxpayers, but MTEA spokeswoman Kristin Collett insists that it’s really a matter of fundamental rights: “this is an issue of discrimination, of equal rights for all our members.” (Lest any private sector employee forget that Viagra is a right.)

The MTEA represents more than 10,000 teachers and administrators in Milwaukee and has an annual budget of millions of dollars. Its priority was not, however, saving the jobs of the 400 teachers laid off because of a budget hole. Instead, the union pursued an opportunity to flex its muscles under the guise of defending a civil right — just as protestors are now.

All of this makes MTEA president Mike Langyel’s recent attack on Governor Walker’s budget rescue plan sound rather hollow:

Proposals to layoff over 600 hardworking employees … would have serious negative consequences to classrooms throughout the district. For years, educators and MTEA leaders have urged the School Board and the administration to join us in moving education forward by working together to change the school finance system in Wisconsin.

As Governor Walker explained to Heritage, public sector unions exist to prevent governments from making “reasonable decisions to protect jobs.”

Read More: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/25/wisconsin-unio...

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  • "TEX"-"OFT"-"ROOC"~POTL~PWC... 2011/03/05 22:38:13
    "TEX"-"OFT"-"ROOC"~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I was just wondering if someone would pay for my Viagra so me and the old lady can raise hell for 4 hrs !
  • Captain... "TEX"-"... 2011/03/08 23:59:40
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    ROFLMAO!!
  • "TEX"-"... Captain... 2011/03/09 00:05:49
    "TEX"-"OFT"-"ROOC"~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    How are ya my friend ?
  • Captain... "TEX"-"... 2011/03/09 00:06:31
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    I`m still alive,bro!! Can`t complain!! LOL
  • "TEX"-"... Captain... 2011/03/09 00:08:46
    "TEX"-"OFT"-"ROOC"~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I hear ya
  • *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP 2011/03/02 20:43:21
  • Captain... *Danno*... 2011/03/02 20:44:53
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    I knew you would like this one!!
  • *Danno*... Captain... 2011/03/02 20:47:53
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +1
    Even though I've read many reports on this it still manages to bring a smile to my face.

    Why is it that it always seems to be the LIEberals who feel the need for Viagra? Don't they have spouses as sexy as mine? ;o)
  • Captain... *Danno*... 2011/03/02 20:49:09
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +2
    I don`t know what their problem is,but whatever it is the tax payers shouldn`t have to pay for their hard ons!!
  • *Danno*... Captain... 2011/03/02 21:20:46
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +1
    Exactly right.

    Maybe if they took down their LIEberal Ladies Of The Night posters they wouldn't be in such dire need? /sarc

    lieberal ladies posters dire sarc
  • Captain... *Danno*... 2011/03/02 21:27:31
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Ewwwwwwww............that definitely ain`t helping!!
  • Dora Rachael 2011/02/28 13:44:51
    Dora Rachael
    +3
    Just unbelievable.
  • Captain... Dora Ra... 2011/02/28 16:33:05
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Isn`t it,completely ridiculous that tax payers have to pay for these lame asses to get a hard on!!
  • Dora Ra... Captain... 2011/03/01 14:53:44
    Dora Rachael
    +1
    Disgusting! They want freebies for everything!
  • Captain... Dora Ra... 2011/03/01 17:50:02
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    Of course,freebies are the liberal way!!
  • miller51550 2011/02/28 12:59:21
    miller51550
    +1
    Wow...i CAN SEE it now..

    Viagra in the morning and in the evening and before supper time. Wife gets for her husband on the family plan.

    Husband gets on his plan...?????? and uses where..

    200,000 dollars split by 10,000 members.. Now I would wonder what the cost of birth Control Pills cost...

    You do the math... and the taxpayer was NOT HAVING THE 'FUN'
  • Captain... miller5... 2011/02/28 16:33:29
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    Exactly!!
  • sglmom 2011/02/28 05:10:56
    sglmom
    +1
    Is it just me .. or are the unions pandering to their Tenured Predators with this?

    (First thing that came to mind when I saw this .. $200K+ for Viagra? Seriously -- that would fund an additional 4+ Teachers in my local school district!)
  • Captain... sglmom 2011/02/28 16:34:37
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Absolutely,who cares if these clowns can get a hard on or not?? It sounds like their problem to me,not the tax payers!!
  • AL 2011/02/28 03:42:27 (edited)
    AL
    +2
    Come on now! How are they ever going to get it up-if they give it up?
  • Captain... AL 2011/02/28 16:35:00
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    LMAO!! They can pay for it themselves!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/02/28 21:37:34
    AL
    +1
    Oh but they can't afford it themselvses! Even if they have life time jobs- almost twice the benefits we do and they're making twice what the privet sectors also! Where's your heart at anyway? LMAO!
  • Captain... AL 2011/02/28 23:47:46
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    If they can`t afford their viagra then they don`t need a hard on that bad!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/02/28 23:52:01 (edited)
    AL
    +1
    LMAO! Hey! If they can't get it up- they can't get it on! And if they can't get it on -theres somthing real wrong with their w-----g! In other words theres somthing wong with these people to start with!
  • Captain... AL 2011/02/28 23:54:08
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    That`s their problem,not the tax payers!! LOL
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:00:33
    AL
    +1
    Maybe I'm just making their "little" problem "much bigger" then it really should be then!
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 00:01:39
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Could be!! LOL
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:04:34
    AL
    +1
    I just can't believe the nerve of these Government unions!
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 00:25:55
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    They have bought and paid for all the demorats that keep giving them everything they want!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:32:57
    AL
    +1
    Seems we have a poor exccuse for a real President today-that only represents the will of the unions now instead we the people!
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 00:34:52
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    He never has represented the people unless your talking about soros and the elitists!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:39:33
    AL
    +1
    Looks to me like he's trying to kiss up to voter blocks only now ! Yet its back fireing with faith based Minorities ever since he sold them out for the gay loby!
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 00:43:10
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +1
    Ya,it sure is,he lost them when he went against man-woman marriage!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:46:14
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 00:47:13
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    Because he is losing all of them at the same time!! LOL
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 00:53:00
    AL
    +1
    You can please some of the people some of the time-yet you can't please all of the people at the same time! I don't believe O bozo has learnd that fact yet!
  • Captain... AL 2011/03/01 17:50:34
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    You and I know that but obviously obie doesn`t!!
  • AL Captain... 2011/03/01 21:34:42
    AL
    +1
    For sure!
  • JanHopkins 2011/02/28 00:00:24
    JanHopkins
    +2
    The good part about this is that I suspect in a few years we will be seeing Legal adds suing viagra for unlawful deaths.
  • Captain... JanHopkins 2011/02/28 00:03:27
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +4
    Or law suits by teachers claiming the viagra made them molest students!!

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