The Teachers’ Lounge

Sorry, you don’t get to vote

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

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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Poll Finds Union Leaders Out of Touch

Poll Finds Union Leaders Out of Touch

Today, teachers across Pennsylvania are forced to pay for union activities that many don’t support. To many, they feel manipulated by unions that don’t represent their interests or beliefs. The majority of teachers have never had the opportunity to vote for their...

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March Madness Union Dues Scam

March Madness Union Dues Scam

To flush their political coffer with cash, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF) runs a dues rebate campaign annually. APSCUF designs the rebate campaign by first overcharging members on dues. Then around March, the union sends...

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Voting for Your Union

Voting for Your Union

Imagine if a political party could stay in power for four decades without facing reelection. Thankfully, we have regular elections in this country. But for Pennsylvania teachers, this is reality. Chances are you’ve voted for union officers, but never for your union....

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Freedom on the horizon for Pa. teachers?

Freedom on the horizon for Pa. teachers?

How much money will you have to pay a private political organization just to keep your job this year? If this question sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is — unless you are a public school teacher in Pennsylvania or one of 24 other forced-union states. Then, it’s...

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Politics over Teachers?

Politics over Teachers?

How would you feel if your employer took funds meant for your health insurance and spent them on partisan politics? Sadly, this is a reality for thousands of teachers in Philadelphia. Evan Grossman of Watchdog.org has the story: Every year, the [School District of...

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Meet the Most Controversial Teacher in America

Meet the Most Controversial Teacher in America

Rebecca Friedrichs is no stranger to controversy. A teacher and former union member, her case against the California Teachers Association will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have historical impact on union membership rules for educators. Rebecca has...

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