Listen Up!

Pay attention -Listen to what they're sayin'

Pay attention -Listen to what they're sayin'

I know you haven’t forgotten all the whining about how the union members shouldn’t be the only ones to be penalized in the recession. Why should they have to suffer pay cuts or get the pink slips? The State budget is not bad enough, they have to waste tax dollars by suing the State to prevent furloughs, pay cuts or layoffs.

Uh hello, take a look around buddy everyone’s been hit and plenty of people have lost their jobs not just been forced to take a pay cut (while still enjoying full benefits, I might add). And if they cared so much about the keiki (you know, the kidlets) losing 17 days of school instruction as a result of the furloughs, why not give up some of their phony baloney waiver days or some of the many paid holidays, sick days and other pitiful ‘excuse to not show up’ days of which there are plenty:

  1. 21 Paid Vacation Days (with the ability to accumulate up to 90 days)
  2. 21 Paid Sick days (with no limit on the amount you can accumulate)
  3. 13 +1 Paid State holidays ( the +1 is an extra day every election year)
  4. = 55 Paid Days Off every year + an extra during election years

Now add the 17 furlough days and if you graduated school before the unions took over running the schools you come a grand total of at least 72 days a year the teachers DON’T TEACH. That’s 6 days a month! Is it any bloody wonder Hawaii ranks so high (nearly dead last by all measures) in academic rankings nationwide? Oh, by the way these are the same benefits for all County & State employees in Hawaii. And in Hawaii 24.3% of all employees are union members. 2nd only to New York in the nation according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So if you think having union representation is such a good thing for Hawaii (or Michigan; 15% unemployment, or California; 10% unemployment) when CARD CHECK comes around again-and it will you better LISTEN UP.LiSTENUP

That’s it for now!
Aloha, “Mikie”
Now Get Off Your Butts!
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3 Responses to Listen Up!

  1. David says:

    What I can’t stand is people like Neil Abercrombie is using this issue as his white horse to ride on.

    The issues with our schools isn’t money…or time the students are in class. Kids who are home schooled or in private school do better with less resources. The students back in the day of one classroom for all grades were better educated.

    One thing they should of done though, is lump all the furlough days together instead of an hour here, a day over there.

    • Mikie says:

      You are exactly right David. Unfortunately, he is likely to be our next governor. But good people like yourself have to continually bring common sense to the issues and at least try to keep them on their toes.
      Aloha, Mikie

  2. Sue Moss says:

    What I can’t figure out about the furlough days is why no mention of cutting costs in the administration of the schools rather at the classroom never seems to be mentioned anywhere in the press or on the news. Have you seen any explaination why the money wasn’t cut so that the keiki wouldn’t be hurt by this cut back?

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