How much do public unions cost you, the taxpayer? There has been a lot of debate on the subject, even if they are doing anything for the people that pay their salary. But the answer appears to be coming out now. $452 per STUDENT, at least for the teacher union.
Wisconsin recently threw out its collective bargaining agreement. They said they had to in order to balance the budget. The Unions screamed, as did Obama and many democrats. Things got violent with union thugs beating up anyone that would not change with them about Gov Walker. In the end, the Governor and legislature of Wisconsin won. Then came the time for the bureaucrats to start putting pencil to paper and figuring out how to approach this "brave new world".
The results are starting to come in. One School district with 4200 students (Kaukauna), has realized a savings of $1.9 million dollars! And they had only 400 teachers! But the savings did not all come from the teachers paychecks. Indeed, their gross pay has not changed. But they are now required to pick up more of their health insurance costs and more of their retirement costs. But that was just the tip of the iceberg apparently! For when the collective bargaining agreement was broken, the district was free to shop its health insurance to other companies (in other words, they now had more than one provider). Before, the agreement required them to deal solely with a Union arm, the WEA. They notified the WEA they were going shopping, and all of a sudden, the WEA promised to match the lowest offer! Shazaam! Do you think the WEA was gouging them before because they could? Apparently Unions are greedier than those big bad corporations!
The savings from that little piece of legislation in one small district in Wisconsin amounts to $1.9 million. Just think of how much the entire state is going to save! A lot more than the deficit they once faced in the budget. And this was without a single extra dollar of taxes being taken from ANYONEs pocket.
Unions cost you a lot more than you think. And most of the time, the money is not for the members, but the fat cats and politicians that run them.