State union benefits scrutinized

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 20, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Legislators critique compensation practices at MnSCU.

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jerryaldiniJan. 19, 12 8:50 PM

What a joke - we have functional 10% unemployment and DFLers like Winkler act as if government has to give away millions in slush money to attract "top" bureaucratic talent. Spare me.

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one4thepeepsJan. 19, 12 9:16 PM

This is much ado about nothing, as always with Republicans. We can't allow the citizens to realize that the middle class pays a higher share of their income than the wealthy. We don't want them to remember that their property taxes went up because Republicans wasted all our time yapping on about gay marriage. No, we need a distraction. Let's attack union employees! These are our next door neighbors. They don't have slush funds off in the Cayman Islands like Mitt Romney. This is true class warfare at its finest. Pit middle class citizens in the private section against middle class citizens in the public. Then run away with the banks, laughing the whole way. The contracts will get done, but Republican hemming and hawing adds up to nothing more than hot air.

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elmore1Jan. 19, 12 9:31 PM

Attracting top talent is an arbitrary statement. There is a glut of un or underemployed academics who would gladly take the positions without "banking" sick days. This does not occur in the private sector and shouldn't happen here.

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goonzieJan. 19, 1210:13 PM

elmore1- "this does not occur in the private scotr and shouldn't happen here." Is that really a rationale you believe in? Pay might be better in one sector, benefits in another. Each has something to attract workers. One is not better than the other- just different. When times are good and the private sector bonuses are aplenty, you likely won't here the public sector complaining. When private sector is down, the first thing we hear is complaints about the private sector. Grow up- trying to bring others down will not bring you up.

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unionsrockJan. 20, 12 8:54 AM

Maybe these two legislators can get together and talk on a fix....

"If we've tied your hands on how you structure a competitive compensation package, maybe that is something we need to look at," Downey said.

Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-St. Paul, accused Republicans of ginning up "trumped-up outrage" over a negotiation process that doesn't cost taxpayers anything extra. "We can cool it a little bit," he said, "and stop trying to blame state workers for the [Legislature's] inept budgeting."

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luzhishenJan. 20, 1210:09 AM

Compare the compensation for the head of Capella - with under 50,000 students - and the Chancellor of MnSCU. The Chancellor - bonuses and all - made about 1/4 th the compensation with around ten times the students.

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luzhishenJan. 20, 1210:22 AM

I have to correct my earlier comment, as the comparison was from 2010. In 2011 the Capella CEO made 650K with 39000 students while the MnSCU Chancellor made 360K plus other benefits to end up around 410K while being in charge of a system that has 350K students. My apologies for the error but the basic fact remains the same - the MnSCU chancellor is underpaid by comparison.

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tholmquistJan. 20, 1210:24 AM

There is a simple solution to the problems at state universities. Simply quit funding them.

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SUMMITJan. 20, 1211:48 AM

I'd like all of you who spend lots of time bashing public employees to consider applying for a public job. Then every day your children/spouse/ partner could listen to and watch on tv and read in the paper the constant stream of crap generated by misguided right wingers about 40K a year or whatever salary and benefits are bankrupting our state and or nation. Every day your loved one could hear "your mom or dad or spouse is lazy, thief, ruining democracy, shirker, union thug etc". You've been duped by the right wing talk machine to hate your neighbor.

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Jakein08Jan. 20, 12 4:46 PM

I worked in a Minnesota prison for 31 years. I retired making a whopping 45k per year. for that I get to be called a "union thug." Any of you right wingers out there are free to go get a job in one of the 9 prisons in Minnesota and find out just how "overpaid and lazy" state employees are.

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