- Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Apr 30, 14 @ 9:34 am:
I hope that SB 2682, the union bill, is called for a vote before its deadline tomorrow. It would mandate teaching about labor unions in public schools.
Indiana, the low-tax haven that the union strippers and anti-tax people brag about, is ranked a measly 38th in per capita income. Texas is ranked 30th. Thanks but no thanks to those models. We’re ranked 15th.
You’re off on your numbers, grandson. According to the NEA Rankings and Estimates Report-2014, the per capita PERSONAL income in Illinois ranks 18th ($44104) and Texas ranks 26th ($41003). When you factor in the unemployment rate differences between Illinois and Texas, as well as prospects for growth, Texas is a FAR better place for the working man and woman.
Better to be a well employed person in a “right to work” state than an unemployed union jamoche in a forced unionization state like Illinois!
I currently work in oil and gas consulting, and Houston is a boom town for that industry, and is on track to make Chicago the “Fourth City” before long. Austin is a high tech Mecca challenging silicon valley. Illinois just has that “high tech” failing Chicago pork boondoggle as a plan. The highly paid jobs are going to Texas in the high tech, energy, and engineering industries. Start taxing the CBOE and you’ll soon lose the financail sector as well. Even Kansas City is becoming more engineering expansive than Chicago right now.
The future is the Texas way of doing things. The Illinois way is a just like a dinosaur struggling its way down in the tar pits. Springfield is just a vulture picking at the bones as the dinosaur state sinks.
The sooner Illinoisans figure this out, the sooner they’ll be able to rebuild this state, and maybe do it the right way this time.
It’ll be interesting to see how this “labor education” will be enacted. Will it include the way that public education unionism led to increasing pension liabilities unnecessarily to such levels that led to the financial destitution of the state?
Will teachers be telling students how its fair that even the most incompetent staff are making six figure salaries for nine months work in their high schools, even though any measure of “comparable worth” with other professionals would have them paid about half that amount?
Will they go into how union greed drove businesses like US Steel, Crane Co (used to employ my Dad and about 10,000 other people at 43rd and Kedzie)and Hostess out of the state?
Something tells me that we’ll see quite a bit of “revisionist” labor history in Illinois public schools.