Apparently they need help to screw the taxpayers

This may explain a lot; hat tip to Darleen Click.

Milwaukee Teachers Fight for Viagra Coverage

(AP) (August 6, 2010) With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get its taxpayer-funded Viagra back.

The union has asked a judge to order the school board to again include Pfizer Inc.’s erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans.

The filing is the latest in a two-year legal campaign in which the union has argued, so far unsuccessfully, that the board’s policy of excluding erectile dysfunction drugs discriminates against male employees. The union says Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and others are necessary treatment for “an exclusively gender-related condition.”

But lawyers for the school board say the drugs were excluded in 2005 to save money, and there is no discrimination because they are used primarily for recreational sex and not out of medical necessity.

The filing last month comes as the union, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, is also protesting hundreds of layoff notices issued to teachers for the coming school year. Citing a “financial crisis” caused by exploding benefit costs and revenue shortfalls, the district’s outgoing superintendent proposed laying off 682 employees in April.

Maybe if they compromise, and agree to cover Viagra, but only if payments for the drug are made public information. :)

Darleen Click snarked:

Who knew WI teachers were this dysfunctional?

Could explain some of that hysteria in the protests, the limp signage and failure to come to a satisfying conclusion; though I don’t think this demand will stand up to scrutiny.

Note to commenters: actually spelling out the various drugs for this purpose will cause your comment to get et by the spam queue!


  1. The best comment I heard so far is for WI to “erect” a loud speaker system and play limbaugh and hannity non-stop. Should lower the size of the crowds in no time, and WI can exercise its free speech rights.

  2. It could also be that public school teachers are having a difficult time with the high cost of paying for a private school education for their children. The Washington Times, September 22, 2004, reported on the unusually high rates of private school attendance by the children of public school teachers.

    “29.4% Of Milwaukee public school teachers send their own children to private schools”

    “Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found. More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

    In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

    In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.

    Michael Pons, spokesman for the National Education Association, the 2.7-million-member public school union, declined a request for comment on the study’s findings. The American Federation of Teachers also declined to comment.”

    (Nationwide, the average is about 1 of every 8 students attend a private school.)

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