Stories like this one are unfortunately becoming more and more frequent. Why is it that the teachers union feels that it is OK to harm students in an effort to gain leverage during contract negotiations? How is this really anything but extortion or old fashion mafia behavior? "Well....see....we either get a better contract....see....or we hurt the future of your kids....see." Does the teachers union really think that this type of behavior is deemed acceptable by the vary people who's property tax is paying their salary? Oh, and what exactly is the teachers union fighting for in this district? Here is what they have been offered so far, but I guess that it just isn't enough: The School Board in Brown Deer has offered the union a 4.9% raise in the first year and 5.1% in the second year of their contract. Under the boards proposal, the average pay for teachers would be $54,124. The highest paid teacher would make $63,797. On top of that, the board is proposing a generous package of fringe benefits. For 2002-2003 the average value of benefits would be $21,677 bringing the average total average compensation to $75,801.