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 This is what the Walker reforms look like in practice. One dazzling detail: up until now shkosh teachers got 90 sick days a year.


Unions representing teachers and other Oshkosh school district workers agreed to freeze wages, pay more for their benefits and allow administration to change health insurance providers in exchange for a one-year extension of their collective bargaining agreements.

The tentative contracts with the teachers’ union, paraprofessionals’ union and non-teaching employees’ union were hammered out in just two days and would cut district payroll costs by at least $4 million in the 2011-12 school year alone....


-The district would no longer pay the employees’ 5.8 percent share of pension contributions. This would save about $2.9 million.


-Employees would pay for 12 percent of their health insurance premiums instead of 5 percent. This would save about $1 million.


-District administration would be allowed to seek bids for cheaper health insurance providers or redesign insurance plans.


-Teachers would no longer receive 90 sick days per year. Instead, they would receive 10 sick days per year that could accumulate up to 90 days. Unused days would not be paid back.


-Seniority rules would no longer apply to paraprofessionals and non-teaching employees when filling vacancies or giving promotions. However, seniority rules would still apply to teachers.



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