I have great respect for teachers. I really do. Especially those grade school and high school teachers who, in addition to teaching, have to act as baby sitters and disciplinarians for disinterested students who would rather be someplace else.
That said, I think Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker should fire the state’s teachers and bust their union. Then he can rehire qualified non-union teachers. Also, if it were legal, I’d love to see him arrest all the demonstrators who are not Wisconsin residents and charge them with trespassing.
The teachers’ union contends that its primary concern is the kids. Yet they’ve stayed away from work for two weeks to demonstrate at the state capitol. Their concern is not the kids but the union’s right to collectively bargain for better pay and benefits and to protect the jobs of even the bad teachers. I’ve seen the teachers’ union in action in Denver and it isn’t pretty.
I have nothing good to say about unions. They coerce employers with threats of strikes. They extort wages, benefits, and tenure beyond what the job market and economy dictate. They collect compulsory dues and use the money to buy political favors. I once held a position that I was warned was normally a union job and that if word got back to the union, I could lose the job and/or possibly end up with a vandalized car. Or I could be forced to join the union to keep the job, or have union dues deducted from my paycheck even if I didn’t join the union. I had no interest in the union, and yet they could have taken my job or a chunk of my paycheck if they wanted to. Great recruiting technique, that.
Unions served a purpose decades ago, before laws were passed to protect workers. Today they are a disruptive anachronism representing only 11.9% of the American workforce. It’s time to end them.