The Teachers Lounge

Turns out, Bambi flees fire when you don’t hold him down

Following the Supreme Court’s Janus decision striking down fair share fees, the National Education Association has lost 87,000 fee payers. It has also lost some 17,000 members. This is turning into a real problem for the NEA–teachers are leaving the union like animals fleeing a brush fire.

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Janus and Williams: Future is bright for government workers

Mark Janus and Keith Williams, both former government workers, believe it’s critical to protect the freedom of association of public sector workers. In this article, they explain why the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME is already doing a world of good for workers who have long disagreed with how their labor unions are run.

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Sorry, you don’t get to vote

Fewer than 1% of current public school teachers in Pennsylvania had the opportunity to vote to certify the union that represents them. How can unions claim to be the “representatives” of teachers if the teachers never even got to vote? We criticize that kind of autocracy in civics class, and shouldn’t accept it in the workplace.

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There’s an easy solution to unions’ “freeloader” problem

If teachers aren’t paying for union representation, they should not receive union benefits. Teachers who never joined the union and/or were fee payers actually wanted this state of affairs from the beginning of their employment. They are happy to negotiate their own contracts.
The problem is, they have never had the option of representing themselves. Unions should advocate that they do.

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