We at Treasure State Politics firmly believe in the principles of hard work and personal responsibility. We believe that if you screw up, you take responsibility for your actions; and that only through hard work and devotion will your actions ever pay off. But we also believe that if you are being paid to do a job… do it, or as The Donald would say– “You’re Fired”.
That is the mark of a good conservative. You work hard, and you reap the benefits of your own hard work. You don’t ask for handouts, and you realize the importance of a frugal lifestyle.
Unfortunately, there are some people that just always fail to realize that. They turn out mediocre results, don’t have a care in the world, and then beg for more money– the cycle never ends. And in the case of modern-day unions, they not only epitomize this spirit of mediocrity, but they even go as far as to bite the very hand(s) that feeds them.
The Billings Gazette released a story today commenting on the results of a recent strike of Teacher’s Union Strike in Butte.
As the story goes, all students currently attending the Butte public school system will be forced to make up two days at the end of the year, after schools were shut down last week due to a strike from school administrators.
The 15 school administrators, gloriously representing the Butte public school system, decided it would be a good idea to close down the schools for two days– so they could play hooky– complaining about their contracts. This was a choice, and a choice that the taxpayers, and the students, will have to pay for. But did this shutdown have to occur? Or could it have been easily avoided?
Only 2 months ago, in July, the Butte teachers were offered a one-year contract; a contract that included both a hefty raise, AND a boost in health insurance coverage. This deal was signed, after they TURNED DOWN a generous two-year contract being offered by the Butte Public School District.
According to Pat Fleming, who was representing the School District as legal council, it would have been to the union’s benefit to sign the two-year package. While it wouldn’t have included a raise in the second year, it would to the teacher’s advantage, seeing as the School District is tightly strapped for funds. In addition, it was also guaranteed that there would be NO cuts made to education if the teachers signed the two-year contract.
The fact of the matter is, the city can’t afford to give the teachers more money right now. We are all strapped for cash, and because of that, we all have to tighten our belts just a little bit– I do, you do, businesses do, and government does as well– why do the union’s seem to think that they don’t have to?
In reference to the contract negotiations in July, Mr. Fleming made the following statement:
We have offered everything we can guarantee to pay. Everything else, and we’re spending money we don’t have.
As a second to that statement, Butte School Board Member Ann Brady Boston said this:
We could be here forever trying to get a two-year agreement. Two percent is a god-given gift right now.
It’s a shame the union fails to recognize that the mess they are in right now, they brought upon themselves. It’s an even larger shame to see that they have chosen to exploit the taxpayers and students of Butte for their own avoidable mistakes.