Despite Union Busting and Budget Cuts, Still the Teachers Teach

By: Saturday February 26, 2011 9:00 am

In one of the local Kansas City area school districts, a proposed levy increase that would have put an end to three years of major budget cuts failed, and so the cuts continue even as enrollment rises. In Wisconsin and elsewhere, cuts are driven not so much by the economy but by union-busting politicians. Elsewhere in the US, teacher layoffs are being announced. ‘Tis the season . . .

And yet, despite all this, the teachers still teach.

I am so grateful for those who taught me, and even today I am still realizing just how much of a gift they gave me.

 

Wisconsin Assembly Dems Meet with Walker Cabinet Secretary on Budget Proposal

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 3:00 pm

he Assembly Democrats have presented an alternative budget proposal and are meeting with the head of the Department of Administration, Mike Huebsch. We’re trying to get a copy of the alternative proposal, but I’m not sure they’ll have any more success with that as they’ve had with their litany of amendments on the floor of the Assembly. All of them have been defeated. The most recent one were amendments that would have removed the collective bargaining limitations from the bill.

However, Huebsch is a member of Scott Walker’s cabinet. The fact of the meeting itself is pretty notable.

Teacher Layoff Season Returns

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 9:02 am

Pick a school district in any state, and you’ll see the same item on the school board’s agenda: budget cuts and teacher layoffs. How bad is it? Consider this: republicans in the Kansas Senate are speaking — and voting — in favor of tax increases, because there’s more cuts would be intolerable.

Whirlpool Layoffs Begin: 465 Workers on Their Last Shift Today

By: Friday March 26, 2010 5:05 pm

After a valiant effort by the Evansville community to save the jobs of more than 1,000 people, Whirlpool is moving unabated in shutting down the operations of its Indiana plant – starting today. This marks yet another entry in the long record of American companies killing American jobs in search of cheap labor. And for what? A 77% raise for its CEO, plus $19 million in stimulus funds.

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