“Prep time. Extra-duty pay. Duty-free lunch. Class size. Continuing education assistance. Paid leave of absence (any reason).”

Are these items, which public employees until last week were able to collective bargain over, “rights” or “privileges”?

That was a question a Ripon College student asked three panelists during a forum at the college last week about the budget-repair bill.

Audience members had been given a flier that included on one of its four panels a list of “Rights with Collective Bargaining” that included those above along with others including seniority, salary scale, work hours and more.

“I think you’re confusing ‘rights’ with what I would call ‘privileges,’” she said.

All three panelists disgreed.

Health-care union member Anna Zachow said that all are rights and “every person should have those rights.”

Read the full story in the March 10, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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