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August 9th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Teacher's union fights for Viagra

In the time of major budget crunches and layoffs in education, a teacher’s union in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is fighting for the right to Viagra.

From CNN’s affiliate WISN: “The union claims that some teachers could be discriminated against by not having the drug covered by insurance.”

The station also reports that the Milwaukee school system is about $30 million in debt. Erectile dysfunction pills cost about $20 to $25 a pop - that most insurance companies do not provide coverage.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported: “In 2008, the teachers' union filed a charge with the state's Equal Rights Division, complaining that not offering the drug violated the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.”

Milwaukee parents aren’t quite so sympathetic about the plight of the male teachers and their erectile needs.

"It's a waste of time, let's spend time on the kids," said Deon Patton, who has children enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools, told WISN.


soundoff (439 Responses)
  1. Jessica

    As a strong supporter of education – this makes me immensely insane. No one NEEDS Viagra...why on earth should ANYONES insurance cover this product. Last time I checked, insurance doesnt pay for elective surgery do they? If they do, let me know...my boobajoo's are not as perky as they used to be, and yeah, its affecting my sex life...so, id like a lift.

    August 9, 2010 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SillyConMilly

      Amen, sister! None of my parts are very perky these days. A little nipping and tucking would definitely improve my sex life, but good luck getting that past a medical insurer or an HMO! LOL!

      August 9, 2010 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • GwT

      Then deny female teachers that want to have a sex life their prescription benefit for birth control pills. Simple as that.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
  2. Larry Craig

    free male prostitutes for all family values evangelical Republicans.

    August 9, 2010 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Fuyuko

    The issue really is the drug is over-priced. They should fight that.

    August 9, 2010 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. DWheel

    They work 9 months per year and get paid for nine months per year. What's the problem? If you want the kids in that area to break out of the mold where $25k is an amazing salary, you had better get some highly paid teachers who can get them out of there. I think teachers should get paid whatever they can get. However, my insurnace doesn't cover viagra and most don't. Why am I not suing for the right to receive Viagra? Oh, yeah, it's not necessary to keep me alive or healthy.

    August 9, 2010 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ivan Sanchez

    Of all stupid things to fight for!

    August 9, 2010 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. dave

    Damn, they bitch because they're underpaid now they're complaining because they're underlaid!! When you went to college to be a teacher you knew you would be working long hours and deal with bratty little sh!ts so shut the hell up and deal with it!! Nobody put a gun to your head and made you become a teacher....it was YOUR CHOICE!! Go buy your Viagra like the rest of us have to and quit your damn whining!!

    August 9, 2010 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      Let me guess....you have never bitched about not getting paid enough in your job despite knowing what you were getting into in college...you have never bitched about not getting laid enough in your relationship or marriage. Aren't you just mister perfect.

      August 10, 2010 at 02:55 | Report abuse |
  7. Patty

    Is this article serious??

    August 9, 2010 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Sharon

    I think that covering treatment for male teachers' ED would be appropriate when female teacher's birth control is covered. Fair enough?

    August 9, 2010 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sheila

      Not the same thing. One is for making babies and the other for not making babies. Oh, wait...it's ALL for having fun with no consequences!

      August 9, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      P.S. Birth control is covered on Washington state plans.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • SillyConMilly

      Sheila: consequences? for an erection? since when?

      August 9, 2010 at 18:38 | Report abuse |
  9. Ray

    I crack up everytime I hear people wanting teachers to get equal pay to lawyers and doctors. Teachers are paid just the right amount of money. With a M.A degree, in S. California a teacher can make anywhere between $60-70 Gs an year. That is not bad at all, taking into consideration that the schooling required to get an M.A. in education + a Masters can be as quick as 5-6 years. Doctors require 4 years in college, + 4 years in med school and usually about 3-4 years in residency (that's around 12 years) To even get into medical school, you've got to be the top of the top and the work load is 1000x more strenous than a teaching credentialing program. To even be considered for Med school, you better have at least a 3.8 GPA in college with a very high MCAT score. To get into a teaching credential program, you can almost bypass it all and practically buy them online...lol. I'm serious, it's that easy.

    August 9, 2010 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wolfmama

      I am a teacher with a Masters Degree, and have never thought I should be paid as much as a doctor! That being said, I am also incredibly tired of hearing that teachers only work 9 months out of the year. When I was in the classroom (I am currently at home with my kids), I was paid for the time I worked. We had a 10-week summer break, and I got paid through vacation, not for being on vacation. Our salary was pro-rated so we could continue receiving a check.

      One of my best friends is a doctor, and she worked endlessly in school and through internship and residency. I know there are people who disagree with doctor's salaries, too, but I wouldn't presume to compare my education to hers. That does not mean mine isn't valuable, however. Contrary to what seems to be the majority of opinions here, teaching is not the piece of cake babysitting job people say it is. I am good at my job, but realistic, as well. I didn't go into teaching to become wealthy, but to a certain degree, consumers get what they paid for. Fairly-paid educators make teaching their passion, and the students benefit greatly. I am committed to my students, so I went back to school and got my Masters Degree. I do think it's fair to be paid more based on a more extensive education, but I don't have unrealistic expectations.

      And Viagra? Covered by insurance? That is insane. Choose your battles, people. Choose your battles.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
  10. Sheila

    This is just another example of how people have lost their bearings with regard to what is actually important and what is not. If you want that drug THAT bad...go buy it. ...or move to California. I work in insurance. When I received the California contracts for one of my multi-state groups, I was atonished to discover that group insurance contracts in California have to include coverage for a minimum of 6 viagra pills a month...

    August 9, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mimi

    People don't just "fall into" being a teacher. They go to school specifically to become a teacher. Teachers have been crying the poor me cry for years and years. So that says to me that anyone who became a teacher did so knowing they'd be paid less than they thought they deserved. Teach to large classes. Use their own money to supplement classroom supplies. So what I'm saying is that they went in eyes wide open. I work overtime and don't get paid for it. Use my own money to supplement items I need for work, etc. That's life. Ya' know what? I am just plain glad I have a job.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mfb

      exactly. i'm pretty sure most school boards post open teaching positions and those interested apply for them. that is, the teacher asked for the job. nobody forces anyone to take any job in any profession.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      So everyone should just be happy with what they make and be satisfied with the status quo? You shouldn't have to work overtime and not get paid. You shouldn't have to supplement things at work with your own money. Your bosses should take a little less and reward you for your hard work, extra time and provide you with the resources that ultimately will make them more money.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:01 | Report abuse |
  12. KMF

    Hey BOAT-– you have got to be kidding me, where do you get off saying you work 60 hours a week for 40 weeks, what world do you live in, teachers are lucky if they work 20 hours a week. I used to work for the board of ed in the town i grew up in and i know there isn't a teacher anywhere that works 60 hours a week. Your teachers union is the most corrupt union there is. You get your pensions and benefits paid for on our backs and you cry about everything, give us a break. The n.e.a. is really whats killing our nation and i can hardly wait for the day you guys loose everything. You get 2 1/2 months off for the summer paid, you may work 4 hours a day at best and you teachers say it is all for the kids, tell me honestly, have you for the school budget in your town where you live, i bet you (NOT). Get real.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • luvwhatudoanddowhatuluv

      Correction...teachers do not get paid for their time off during the summer...they sign a contract for 180 days or more/less...they (we...) have the option of having our paychecks spread out over 12 months...

      This is a fact...

      August 9, 2010 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Oh boy, where to start? Paid summers–no. No we do not. 4 hours a day? No, no we do not. You sound terribly ignorant. By the way, us teachers do a lot of work outside of school hours, even if you can't see it because it entails us taking mountains of papers home to grade. Or how about the coaches whose stipends work out to be pennies an hour. Your bitterness is sad.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:31 | Report abuse |
    • luvwhatudoanddowhatuluv

      Teresa... u tha bomb! I like it when people know what they are talking about!
      Good post!

      August 9, 2010 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • luvwhatudoanddowhatuluv

      By the way...and I am not complaining because my 'handle' explains everything...my supervising/teaching/duty responsibilities in the school building start at 7:30 and end at 4:15 (when we take them to the busses...and ends up being about 4:40 when we are done). Longer hours than most schools...but still not complaining.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Teresa:

      "us teachers do a lot of work(?!)"

      I surely hope you're not a grammar teacher. "Us" is an object pronoun. The subject pronoun for the first person plural is "we," as in "we teachers do a lot of work." Before anyone asks, I'm a grammar teacher ... and I'm proudly NOT a union member.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
    • just me

      Hey KMF, what school district did you grow up in? Are they hiring? I am required to be on campus from 7:45am to 4:45pm with a big 1/2hr for lunch. We are required to teach in an after school program that begins 10 min after school ends. My only morning break is often spoken for with yard duty and my prep period has been sold (due to over crowding) so that I can make $40,000 before the $330/a month I pay for insurance. I do it because I like the kids and want what's best for them. That's why we all do it. I'm sure the male teachers would probably be more effective and in a much better mood each day if they were getting laid on a regular basis, wouldn't you agree? But why the hell are those pills so expensive?!?!

      August 9, 2010 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      KMF. You really are misinformed or you presided over a crappy school district that you could have made and effort to improve rather than just complain about the teacher's union.
      "Hey BOAT-– you have got to be kidding me, where do you get off saying you work 60 hours a week for 40 weeks",
      I do work between 50-60 hours a week at school. My day begins before 7am and most days I don't leave until 5pm. "what world do you live in, teachers are lucky if they work 20 hours a week." Where do you get off jugding all teachers according the parameters of your district. "I used to work for the board of ed in the town i grew up in and i know there isn't a teacher anywhere that works 60 hours a week." I would invite you to shadow me for a year at my school district. "Your teachers union is the most corrupt union there is." Clearly you have never looked at how crooked local government is especially local boards of education. "You get your pensions and benefits paid for on our backs" Listen clown, I pay for my own pension and my school district hasn't had to pay for almost a decade. "and you cry about everything, give us a break." The only break needed is from your ignorance. "The n.e.a. is really whats killing our nation and i can hardly wait for the day you guys loose everything." This has to be the most awful things I have read in years and the product of a sick demented mind. Wishing someone to lose everything makes you a horrible person. People like you are what kills our nation. Ignorant and venegeful. Teacher's have families and spouses to provide for and they do have the right to advocate for better pay. Everyone does. We aren't slaves. "You get 2 1/2 months off for the summer paid, you may work 4 hours a day at best" Again you demonstrate your ignorance with this comment. Please come and see my work for a year. What a troll. "and you teachers say it is all for the kids, tell me honestly, have you for the school budget in your town where you live, i bet you (NOT). Get real." I do enjoy teaching my students but I have the right to be well compensated. All workers do. Let me repeat that one more time for you KMF. All workers have the right to be well compensated for their labor. I challlenge you to become a teacher and show all the union peopl you hate so much how to do their jobs.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:21 | Report abuse |
  13. terabid

    Viagra is probably cheaper if bought through a Canadian pharmacy on the web than it would be with the insurance plan.
    They have generics which are not yet available in the USA and they work just as well.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Me_

    Give them the drugs since they are a necessary medication to save lives. Then cut half the staff to pay for it.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RG

      Cut the staff? Ouch that sounds painful

      August 9, 2010 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
  15. 31459

    Everyone is totally missing the point. If medical insurance is not going to pay for Viagra, they shouldn't pay for birth control, anti-depressants, hormone therapy, ambien or any other drug that is not necessary for life but enhances a persons total well being. It's discriminatory to do other wise. And if you haven't experienced the problem, like I have no clue what a hot flash is, what being depressed feels like (hey just suck it up right?) you have no clue what you are talking about. Not only that, my wife will ask if I've taken mine so she isn't wasting her time.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. luvwhatudoanddowhatuluv

    Some of us came in to education from other better paying careers. With all professions there are certain 'perks' if you would...Dr's families go in the back door of other Dr's offices and don't pay (I have seen it)...law enforcement can speed and not get tickets...retail workers get discounts that others do not...teachers have several weeks off during the summer (which is decided by the BOARD OF EDUCATION and not the teachers)...
    Do teachers get paid a decent salary? Some yes, some no...depends on your state and system. Should GOOD teachers get paid a higher salary...my vote is yes...should bad teachers get shown the door...ABSOLUTELY!
    Please don't hate some teachers for making the salary that some may think is too much...ANY PROFESSION that is as important and sometimes stressful as education should get paid better than they do...

    just my opinion...and we all know about those....

    August 9, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wolfmama

      I agree with your opinion.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • just me

      I agree too

      August 9, 2010 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
  17. Joe

    First, I agree that teachers should be fairly compensated. Howeverm MANY of them are incompetent and hide behind the protection of a union. The unions don't care about education or the kids, they only care about their members. get rid of poor teachers and the unions NOW. Having said that, many parents are also incompetent and teachers shouldn't be expected to raise the kids. get rif on incompetent parents as well. Set tought standards and make both teachers and students achieve or else.

    With respect to Viagra and the unions, well another LIMPunion demand that is HARD to contemplate! Get real and get lost.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      There are a lot of incompentent people in the business world. They often get promoted becuase they can't do the job and aren't a threat to the status quo. They show up late, take long lunches, leave early, blame and pin mistakes on others to cover for them. They play around on the Internet all day take personal calls throughout the day. Regardless of whether a union is present or not there are crappy employees everywhere. If principals actually did the job they are supposed to do in schools the union couldn't and wouldn't protect those teachers who are incompetent. It's all about Due Process rather than arbitrary firing.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:27 | Report abuse |
  18. Teresa

    One union is not reflective of all the teacher unions out there. Come on people, learn to take a story with a grain of salt.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. 31459

    And if anyone had paid attention in biology class they would know that prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in men now. I had a doctor once tell me the best prevention for prostate cancer is to use it!

    August 9, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. AQ

    So let me get this right – tax dollars should be allowed to cover Viagra for the old, rich, white guys who can't get it up yet these same males are fighting to keep tax dollars from helping women by saying mammograms aren't necessary, they don't want their dollars going to abortions, etc. Well guess what – I don't want MY money going to horny old men who have destroyed this country and education system to begin with.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. plj

    Attack the teacher's unions all you want – but leave the average teacher alone. The union (NEA) truly only represents about 10-20% of us. A lot of us are members only because we have no choice if we want to work – every state isn't a right-to-work state, unfortunately. There are good/bad teachers, just as there are good/bad workers in every profession.
    This demand from this union is obviously excessive in this economy. However, let's keep the criticism focused on the union leaders. Don't assume the majority of teachers are in agreement.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Marty

    This is just an inflammatory story. Don't get worked up.
    If being a teacher is such a great job, why aren't you a teacher?
    Don't answer- I already know. LOL

    August 9, 2010 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Darth Vader

    If god had wanted those people to have erections, he would have given them erections.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Mimi

    In my hometown the teachers unions negotiate the salary and the teacher can choose to receive it over 9 or 12 months. Of course it's the same salary, just divided over the 9 or 12 month period. The school day is from 8-3:00 with the teachers, of course, having their lunch break during that time. They do not eat with the children. The children leave the classroom for art, phy ed, music, recess, and the teachers have a time away from the chilren for planning/grading papers, etc. They get the summer off, 2 weeks at Christmas and a week at Easter. They have about 15 sick days per school year as well as about the same amount in vacation days.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      Mimi you have most of this right. I am assuming you are describing an elementary school setting.
      "In my hometown the teachers unions negotiate the salary and the teacher can choose to receive it over 9 or 12 months. Of course it's the same salary, just divided over the 9 or 12 month period." This is accurate. "The school day is from 8-3:00 with the teachers, of course, having their lunch break during that time." Chances are the teacher's day begins at least a half hour before this and ends officially a half hour after this. What you don't see is that weeks before school starts elementary school teachers are in the classroom preparing materials or working at home to makes things for the classroom. Federal law mandates that people get at least a half hour for lunch. I know many teachers who race to make copies or parent phone call during their lunch. They may use the rest room and catch a snack before class starts again. "They do not eat with the children." Some teachers are given lunch duty or playground duty. "The children leave the classroom for art, phy ed, music, recess, and the teachers have a time away from the chilren for planning/grading papers, etc." Teachers generally have less than one hour a day to prep work during the actual day. Think that for every hour of instruction it takes several hours for each hour of instruction to prep correctly. So beyond the school day teachers utilize evevning hours and weekends long after their "contractual" day or week to work for the students. "They get the summer off, 2 weeks at Christmas and a week at Easter." Studies have been done that detail teachers work more hours during the school year than people do in the business world. In addition, they attend conferences, take classes, read content, go to meetings and renergize themselves for the next 10 month haul. "They have about 15 sick days per school year as well as about the same amount in vacation days." This is inaccurate. Also realize that preparing for a substitute is a lot work especially if you want your students to accomplish something while you aren't there. In most jobs if you take a sick day nothing happens. When a teacher misses a day a lot of planning normally goes it. In my experience it is easier to go to school sick than to prepare for a sub. I hate missing a day of school because with all the interrruptions that go on in the year I can't get that educational time back with my students.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:42 | Report abuse |
  25. RUDDER

    Which way are we going?

    August 9, 2010 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Guess Again Will, we are no longer a production power because of the jobs going overseas due to the unions. At one time unions were valuable. Now they are not.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Steven P

    Thank goodness the teacher's union is fighting for the erectionally challenged.

    Shame they won't actually do anything to make a better learning environment, though...

    August 9, 2010 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      They picked a bad fight for sure. However, the bigger shame is that our federal, state and local governments aren't doing anything to help our schools get better. An even bigger shame is that parents don't do anything but complain. Rather than try and help teachers they take up an adversarial role by demanding and threatening legal action whenver they get an answer they don't like. Parent's like to play victim and they are the ones always wronged Guess who picks up on that...kids....more learned victimhood. What would help education improve is if parents grew up and parented.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:46 | Report abuse |
  28. fh

    E.D. is a real medical condition, and the medication is expensive. The insurance industry should not control which medical condition is acceptable to cover and which is not.
    50% of men at 50 years old suffer with E.D., 70% by the time they are 70 years old. Sex is very important in a healthy relationship - for both partners. These comments are so twisted. The push should be for more insurance companies to feel the pressure to add this medication, not on dishonoring a very real medical condition that is generally well controlled with these meds. It seems that most who have posted are in support of a break down of our health system and not a press to fix it. What a shame!

    August 9, 2010 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave M.

      You're right, E.D. is an important issue. However, it is not a health issue so insurance companies should not be burdend by the expense. Everyone compains about the high cost of insurance, and is quick to call them greedy when only about 1% of the annual revenue is truly profit. When they are forced to cover elective and not health related procedures, and drugs the cost must increase. Not to mention wy should I have to pay for your sex life. Union coverage is tax payer susidized and should only cover basic major medical not to mention that the average teacher make more than the average blue collar worker who is responsible to pay thier salary, benifits and over inflated pensions. I don't know if you simply do not understand or if you want the country to collapse, either way I beg you to please learn and think deeply about the true cost of the union burden as well as healthcare, education, etc. We don't have much fight left before America becomes a 3rd world nation and we all are left with dirt floors and maggot infested rice for our 1 meal a day.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
  29. RG

    In NJ we've been having a lot of legal cases of teachers having sex with students. I think saltpeter would be more in order.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mark

    I'm sure Obama will give them stimulus money. no pun intended

    August 9, 2010 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RG

    Also, please tell me who wants it. I need to forward a few emails I get.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. bill

    31459 – No, we are not missing the point. The line has to be drawn somewhere and many of us feel treatment for ED falls over that line. Evidently, we're not alone as the article indicates this is an unusual addition to a policy.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. david crandall

    The sex education teacher might need it when he tries to demonstrate a prophylactic.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Al

    I would not want a "stiff" teacher near my cute daugthter. ; )

    August 9, 2010 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dave M.

    It only makes sense. How else can they molest the students. I mean it's not fair if they can't pray on the innocent like many other dirt bags. What does Viagra have to do with teaching or health. Insurance is for you health, not you sex life, period. I say we fire everyone that supported this ignorant issue and start fresh. It won't fix the problems with the unions and the schools, but it will be a good starting point.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Jaime

    Books are needed not hard ons

    August 9, 2010 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. lewax00

    Clearly the male teachers are just jealous of all the attention female teachers get for having sex with their students, and they want their chance too!

    August 9, 2010 at 18:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. kkgrl

    obviously some of you need to do a bit of research on the drug it can also be used for pulmonary arterial hypertension

    August 9, 2010 at 18:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Ewww_oldPeople

    Just the thought of old people having sex is enough to make me puke. If the guy can't get his pencil to work then oh Freakin well.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Kat

    For many years insurance did NOT pay for birth control pills or a lot of other things that women needed. Many still do not. And if men keep taking Cialis women NEED birth control. As a legal nurse consultant when I do record reviews for attorneys on various cases I have been amazed at the ease with which doctors hand out Cialis prescriptions - like candy - many to elderly men with heart problems - when all the literature advises against it. You ask - you get. Medicare even pays for some ED devices, yet won't pay for other things which are necessary. Cialis covers a desire - not a need. There IS a difference.

    I think the teacher's union must be getting money from the pharmaceutical lobby.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Kevin

    Considering all the molestation by teachers that have been going on recently, maybe its a good thing that these guys can't "get it up"!

    August 9, 2010 at 18:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. jstmyview

    One thing about those "Unions", when there hard there soft and when they are soft they are hard.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. ds1

    While im does seem a bit ridiculous, I think you have to look at the bigger picture. They are fighting in defense of their prescription plan. The drug just happens to be Viagra. My union took away all alergy medicine for teachers in 13 districts. (We are part of a consortium.)

    August 9, 2010 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Glenn

    Can't teach and now can't F–K

    August 9, 2010 at 18:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. ds1

    While fighting for Viagra does seem a bit ridiculous, I think you have to look at the bigger picture. They are fighting in defense of their prescription plan. The drug just happens to be Viagra. My union took away all alergy medicine for teachers in 13 districts. (We are part of a consortium.)

    August 9, 2010 at 18:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. BeckFastPaws

    So what about the non-union custodial staff who have no insurance? Aren't they being "discriminated against" for not having their daily necessity meds covered by their jobs?

    August 9, 2010 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Greenspam

    I support the teacher union, here's why. People can get anti-depressants, female hormone treatment, weight loss drugs, etc. All these will make patients feel better about themselves. So, why should Viagra be different?

    August 9, 2010 at 18:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Geo

    "It's a waste of time, let's spend time on the kids," said Deon Patton, who has children enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools, told WISN. MAYBE THAT"S WHY THEY WANT THE VIAGRA. To spend time with the kids. Watch'em closely.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. amarjit sehmi

    One of the major cause of economic recession in all countries is labor unions & priviliges to have periodic contracts to suck industry.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ian

      Labor unions are the cause of economic recession. Take a basic economics class or pay attention to current events. Our latest recession had to do with mismanaged banks and housing industry. Shady business at the executive level is blame. Those clowns like to pin it on unions because it pits the middle class and working class against each other while the rich elite walk aways with as much of our money as possible. Your comment is uninformed.

      August 10, 2010 at 03:51 | Report abuse |
  50. Geo

    Teachers need Viagra? What for? Class demonstrations?

    August 9, 2010 at 18:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.