|Gulag-era Kolymian miners|
Ever since I began posting complete lists of public school teachers' salaries, I've been getting scores of irate letters from teachers or their union shills.
They have become so tiresome in their predictability.
After characterizing the work of a school marm as being something more grueling than that of the a Gulag-era Kolymian gold miner, they then say that teachers deserve a "living wage" or "a decent salary."
The last one who wrote this, just today, worked at Skokie's Niles West High School where a $230k gym teacher is the highest paid gym teacher in the state, if not the nation. Salaries at her public school in modest Skokie are only surpassed by those in opulent Lake Forest.
And it's just not government school employees.
Today the Illinois Policy Institute released its exhaustive study on public sector v. private sector salaries in Illinois.
Would it surprise you to learn that government employees make lots more?
The Illinois Policy Institute report showed:
---Compensation per state government employee averaged $69,500, which is 23 percent more than the private sector worker average of $56,500. Much of the difference was in employer-paid benefits, which were more than 1.5 times that of private employees. State employees received 16 percent more in wages and salaries than private employees.
---Compensation per local government employee averaged $63,100, which is 12 percent more than the private sector worker average of $56,500. Much of the difference was in employer-paid benefits, which were more than 1.5 times that of private employees. Local government employees received 4 percent more in wages and salaries than private employees.
Take a look at this brief introductory video and then read the synopsis of the IPI study right here.
Then the next time a government worker starts bleating to you about his backbreaking conditions and need for a simple "living wage" ---
-- you'll know what to say.