Teachers in the Badger state have put the “con” in Wisconsin. Ethics have largely broken down among democrats, teachers and their unions.
Teacher absences from Madison, Wisconsin schools caused the closure of public schools Wednesday through Friday of the last week.
Schools are closed in Madison, Wisconsin today after an estimated 1,000 teachers called in sick to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to limit unions’ right to collective bargaining. Walker’s proposal would limit unions’ collective bargaining power to salary and force government workers to pay more for their benefits and pensions.
The Madison Teachers union director made it clear that the this is the work of the unions.
Madison Teachers Inc. union director John Matthews told the Wisconsin State Journal that the sickout is the first coordinated absence in Madison schools in 16 years. Teachers are asked to attend protests at the state capitol instead of going to school. Madison superintendent Dan Nerad told Channel 3000 that teachers who were absent will have to prove they were sick.
It is illegal for teachers to strike in Wisconsin, but the Matthews argues that the dog ate his homework:
State law prohibits public school teachers from striking. So did Wednesday’s “sick out” by Madison School District teachers constitute an illegal strike?
No, said John Matthews, Madison Teachers Inc. executive director, who called the event “a political action,” not a strike.
The bad news for Matthews?
Peter Davis, legal counsel with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, which administers the state’s collective bargaining laws, declined to say whether the action — in which 40 percent of the Madison union’s 2,600 members called in sick as of late Tuesday — amounted to a strike since his organization could be called on to make that judgment in any complaint against MTI.
But in general, Davis said, a strike includes any concerted work stoppage by municipal employees, any concerted interruption of operation of services, or any concerted refusal to work or perform normal duties for the purpose of enforcing demands on a municipal employer.
Over at I hate the media is posted this slice of hilarity:
Fox News anchor Stuart Varney was not happy about the Wisconsin teacher sick-in. Not happy at all.
He jumped all over Robert Kraig, executive director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, an “independent” group that’s thrown its weight behind the public employee unions in their battle against Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget slashing plans.
Varney noted, rather reasonably we thought, that it’s irresponsible for teachers to use taxpayer-paid sick time to demand that the taxpayers give them even more.
When the Fox host rolled video of public school teachers “using their students as political props,” Kraig lauded the teachers and students for “standing up for their fundamental human rights.”
“Collective bargaining laws in Wisconsin were created,” he said, “to create labor stability so that you didn’t have any kind of public service disruptions.”
You know, like sick-outs.
The Teachers Union USS Ship of Fools has embarked upon a new journey on the ocean of deceit. They are procuring phony “doctors’ notes” provided on demand by members of a special group of physicians- “Doctors without Ethics.”
Video courtesy of the MacIver Institute
Dr. Lou Sanner, one of the physicians involved in the fraud had this to say:
“What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work,” Sanner said. “Employers don’t have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it’s as valid as every other work note that I’ve written for the last 30 years.”
OK, here’s where Sanner has a problem or two. Firstly, the video makes painfully obvious that Sanner has “assessed” no one. Secondly, if he asserts that he has assessed these teachers, then he has done so in public and has violated the HIPAA act. Either way,he has acted unethically. These physicians could face fines of $250,000 and be imprisoned for ten years.
if the offense is committed with intent to sell, transfer, or use individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain, or malicious harm, be fined not more than $250,000, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
Wisconsin has seen the worst of people’s behavior. Teachers have abandoned their students, used their students as props, engaged in illegal strikes and are attempting to defraud their employers. They are neither ethical nor trustworthy.
I would not want these people teaching my kids anything.
DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education.
DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed.
Except for liberals being foolish.