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Letter: Hinsdale District 86 teachers should pay more for health care

As a graduate of Hinsdale High School District 86 and a taxpayer within the district for several decades, I resent deeply the threat of a strike from teachers who make, on average, $111,000 per year for 180 days or so of work, which comes to $617 per day not counting the value of the free health care and pension benefit package, which probably amounts to $200 per day in value.

I am dismayed to research the issue and find that the teachers pay no out-of-pocket costs or co-pays for their lavish health insurance, while the rest of America has been thrust into health care chaos with ever-increasing co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses ranging close to $6,000 or more under Obamacare. Yes, District 86 teachers are special and talented, but not that special and talented that they, like the rest of us, cannot fork over $25 or $50 every time they see their doctor.

I sincerely hope that the new School Board majority will stick to its campaign platform and effect true change. The union demands seem both unfair and unrealistic in light of the excess wages and ever-increasing step-rate pay increases that are already in the teacher union contract. I also think it highly inappropriate for the union to have brought this issue into the classroom as they have with shirts, buttons and other distractive messages. No high school student is equipped to handle these issues and should not be made a part of this dispute or asked to take sides.

Bob Bland

Darien

Class of ’72, Hinsdale Central

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