3/01/2011

Newest Fox News piece: So How Much Do Public Union Workers Really Make?

My newest Fox News piece starts this way:

President Obama lashed out at Republicans Monday for having "denigrated or vilified" public union employees. Without collective bargaining and the ability to go on strike, he said we wouldn't be able to attract "the best and the brightest to public service." Are public employees simply the best and the brightest? Or are we simply lavishing them with much better employment deals than their private counterparts?
To measure how attractive a job is, economists study how employees vote with their feet -- that is, comparing the rate at which different categories of employees voluntarily quit their jobs.
Over the last six months, private workers have been 3.4 times more likely to quit their jobs than either state and local or federal workers. Indeed, no private industry comes close to the low "quit rate" for government employees. Manufacturing, which has the lowest rate, still faces twice the quit rate as the government. . . .


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3 Comments:

Blogger Ross said...

private school teachers do not need to be certified or jump through any of the hoops a public school teacher does, this is because of accountability, tax payers want to know where their money is going, private school teachers can be plucked off the street, there is no accountability. Most private schools do follow a salary structure that mimics the public system, this is their only way to compete against the public schools. For an economist, you know very little about other people's professions.

3/01/2011 2:54 PM  
Blogger Ross said...

and secondly, school teachers has a HUGE turnover rate, most teachers quit within 5 years. You really have no clue and I'm not surprised Fox News published this erroneous and biased article, GET A CLUE.

the public school system is the way it is because it's the only way that works, it's taken 100 years to get to this point, why would we want to go backwards?

3/01/2011 2:58 PM  
Blogger Katy England said...

@Ross - Do you have any stats to back that up? A link? Something?

3/01/2011 6:29 PM  

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