At least WEAC’s numbers don’t lie
April 18, 2012 1 Comment
If anybody in Wisconsin is wondering why government employee unions attach so much importance to requiring employers to collect membership dues on their behalf, we now answer with another question:
Why would WEAC, the state’s behemoth teacher union, try so hard to conceal information it once made freely available?
We’re talking about the annual WEAC school district surveys, which tracked multiple trends including teacher layoffs, class-size increases, and extracurricular offerings.
The data recently disappeared from the WEAC web site. Fortunately, others have kept records.
For 2003, WEAC reported 69 percent of school districts laid off teachers, 68 percent increased class size, and 51 percent cut back extracurricular activities.
For 2005, WEAC reported 62 percent of school districts laid off teachers, 74 percent increased class size, and 54 percent cut extracurricular programs.
For 2006 WEAC reported 62 percent of districts laid off teachers, 75 percent increased class size, and 56 percent cut extracurricular activities.
For the next couple of months you can expect WEAC to go wall-to-wall with TV ads accusing Governor Walker of waging war on public education and, of course, Wisconsin’s children. What do the disappearing survey results for 2011 tell us along these lines?
For 2011, 31 percent of school districts laid off teachers, 59 percent increased class size, and eight (8) percent reduced extracurricular programming. Better in every category; much better both for the kids and for the teachers, since Walker took office.
Maybe that’s a clue as to why WEAC and other public employee unions don’t like the idea of their members being free to decide whether it’s in their best interest to pay dues. Better for the members = worse for the union bosses.