Unions and Collective Bargaining Have Got To Divorce!


By Charlie Sykes

  1. Employer must provide bulletin boards to post information about union social and recreational activities. The size and location of the board is subject to collective bargaining.

2. When a local union meets the following conditions are subject to bargaining:


1. lighting,

2. vision care and examinations,

3. noise,

4. chairs,

5. desks,

6. footrests,

7. adjustable terminals and keyboards,

8. work environment design (wall cover, carpet, windows),

9. room temperature,

  1. Starting of vehicles during cold weather is subject to collective bargaining.
  2. Paid time off to donate blood.



A Year’s Worth of Pay for 30 Days of Work


Under the Green Bay School District’s collectively bargained Emeritus Program, teaches can retire and receive a year’s worth of salary for working only 30 days over a three year period. This is paid in addition to their already guaranteed pension and health care payouts. (We coverd this yesterday…)


At the average annual salary for a Green Bay teacher of $51,355, this amounts to a daily rate of pay of $1,711.83, or an hourly rate of $213.98. Since most retiring teachers receive higher than average salary, these amounts are, in practice, much higher.


Source: WLUK-TV, 3/3/11




Teachers Receiving Two Pensions


Due to a 1982 provision of their collective bargaining agreement, Milwaukee Public School teachers actually receive two pensions upon retirement instead of one. The contribution to the second pension is equal to 4.2% of a teacher’s salary, with the school district making 100% of the contribution, just like they do for the first pension. This extra benefit costs taxpayers more than $16 million per year.


Source: February 17, 2010 Press Release, Process of developing FY11 budget begins Milwaukee Public Schools



Almost $10,000 Per Year for Doing Nothing


While the Green Bay Emeritus Program actually requires teachers to at least show up for work, the Madison Emeritus Program doesn’t even require that. In addition to their pension payouts, retired Madison public school teachers receive annual payments of at least $9,884.18 per year for enrolling in the Emeritus Program, which requires ZERO days of work.


When this program began, 20 days of work per year were required. Through collective bargaining, the union successfully negotiated this down to zero days.


Source: Madison Teachers Inc. Website