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PoliCon
03-03-2011, 01:07 PM
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, in an exclusive interview with the Heritage Foundation, called union collective bargaining a “vicious cycle,… one I think people have realized we can’t afford anymore.” Government unions bargain for more taxpayer money, collect dues from their membership, and come right back to the table demanding more. In the case of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), more means Viagra, Cialis, and the like for male employees of Milwaukee public schools.

In 2002, through collective bargaining, MTEA won the inclusion of Viagra in its members’ health plans, and by 2004, 10% of union membership (which isn’t a male-dominated set) was subscribing to the benefit — at a cost of more than $200,000 per year to the Milwaukee school district. Not until 2005 was the school district finally able to convince an arbitrator to drop the coverage.

Last year, while the school district faced a $10 million dollar budget shortfall, the MTEA decided it was time to revisit those drug benefits and filed a lawsuit demanding their reintroduction to union health plans—at a projected cost of $786,000 in 2010.

It may look like the union trying to raise costs for taxpayers, but MTEA spokeswoman Kristin Collett insists that it’s really a matter of fundamental rights: “this is an issue of discrimination, of equal rights for all our members.” (Lest any private sector employee forget that Viagra is a right.)

The MTEA represents more than 10,000 teachers and administrators in Milwaukee and has an annual budget of millions of dollars. Its priority was not, however, saving the jobs of the 400 teachers laid off because of a budget hole. Instead, the union pursued an opportunity to flex its muscles under the guise of defending a civil right — just as protestors are now.

All of this makes MTEA president Mike Langyel’s recent attack on Governor Walker’s budget rescue plan sound rather hollow:


Proposals to layoff over 600 hardworking employees … would have serious negative consequences to classrooms throughout the district. For years, educators and MTEA leaders have urged the School Board and the administration to join us in moving education forward by working together to change the school finance system in Wisconsin.

As Governor Walker explained to Heritage, public sector unions exist to prevent governments from making “reasonable decisions to protect jobs.”

Kenneth Spence is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

FROM - http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/25/wisconsin-union-collective-bargaining-a-teachers-fundamental-right-to-viagra/

Wei Wu Wei
03-03-2011, 01:10 PM
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PoliCon
03-03-2011, 01:20 PM
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which makes sense since most of the people controlling the unions are impotent dickheads. Kinda like a certain class warefare obsessed troll I can think of.

Novaheart
03-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Why does any plan cover viagra? It's a recreational drug.

Arroyo_Doble
03-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Government unions bargain for more taxpayer money, collect dues from their membership, and come right back to the table demanding more.

This is an objection that I don't understand. Many groups lobby for either tax payer money or tax relief, get it, and come right back to the legislature demanding more. Hell, where do you think lobbyists get their money from?

Arroyo_Doble
03-03-2011, 01:27 PM
In 2002, through collective bargaining, MTEA won the inclusion of Viagra in its members’ health plans, and by 2004, 10% of union membership (which isn’t a male-dominated set) was subscribing to the benefit — at a cost of more than $200,000 per year to the Milwaukee school district. Not until 2005 was the school district finally able to convince an arbitrator to drop the coverage.


So they got something and then gave it up in negotiation couple of years later.

Isn't that how it's supposed to work?

Apocalypse
03-07-2011, 10:25 PM
In 2002, through collective bargaining, MTEA won the inclusion of Viagra in its members’ health plans, and by 2004, 10% of union membership (which isn’t a male-dominated set) was subscribing to the benefit — at a cost of more than $200,000 per year to the Milwaukee school district. Not until 2005 was the school district finally able to convince an arbitrator to drop the coverage.


So they got something and then gave it up in negotiation couple of years later.

Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
They didn't give it up.

In the news today.


Milwaukee teachers union drops Viagra lawsuit
Madison - The Milwaukee teachers union has dropped a lawsuit seeking to keep Viagra coverage in its health insurance plans, a spokesman for the organization confirmed Monday.

Stan Johnson, executive director for the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, declined to comment further on the matter, but court records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate the union, the School Board and the state labor commission agreed to dismiss the lawsuit on March 1.
Suit filed in July

The union sued in July to force the School Board to again include the erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans.

MPS first agreed to cover drugs that treat erectile dysfunction in 2002.

During negotiations with the union for its 2003-'05 contract, MPS tried to stop coverage, citing rising costs.

An arbitrator sided with the district in 2005.

The union's lawyers argued that dropping the drug coverage constituted discrimination against male employees because Milwaukee Public Schools' health plans covered medications for female sexual dysfunction.

The district countered that eliminating the drug coverage was a necessary cost-saving measure.

It also argued the move was not discriminatory because Viagra and similar drugs are mainly recreational.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/117550108.html

RobJohnson
03-08-2011, 02:56 AM
My health plan covers drugs for ED. I am not union. I seen mention of it in the Drug Schedule and we ran a "dummy Rx" to see what it paid, we were bored one night at work..lol

I think it's justified by those that have a healthy sex life, tend to be healthier and have less depression...

Tri-Care pays for some ED drugs also...and so do many workman's comp plans. Often times a medication a person needs will cause other issues...hence the need for the ED drug....

Just my opinion...

Odysseus
03-08-2011, 10:28 AM
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The better to screw the taxpayer, my dear.