What Elected Officials Have Negotiated For
Anchor Rising readers are already familiar with the explanation of the problem basic problem with public-sector unions in a democracy that Andrew Klavan offers in the following video, but it’s worth a watch nonetheless:
This article describing why Providence Mayor Angel Tavares had to give teachers termination notices, rather than layoff notices, provides excellent evidence of the results of the tilted system:
If they are laid off, teachers are placed on a recall list. Those teachers who do not wind up with full-time jobs by the beginning of the school year are placed in the group of “regulars in pool.” By agreement with the union, these substitute teachers have to be called in to fill temporary vacancies before any other category of teachers. ,,,
“Regulars in pool” are the most-expensive substitutes because they are paid at their full step. In addition, regulars in pool can also receive family health-care coverage, a longevity bonus and an advanced-degree bonus, depending on how many days they work. …
But here’s the real reason why regulars in pool are more expensive than the other substitute teachers, according to Clarkin:
“The district calls in the most expensive [subs] because they have to pay them anyway,” Clarkin said. “If you need a sub, they get brought in first.”
So teachers who are laid off tend to stick around in the system at full pay even if they don’t work. Typically, not enough teachers would be laid off to fill up the substitute list, but with school closings, that outcome is likely next year.
Any one of high salary, lavish benefits, or job security would be tolerable if school committees had negotiated with one of the others as a priority. But the push back against unions is occurring because they’ve managed to transform negotiations into a process of moderating the rate at which they get all three.