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by captain on October 7th, 2010

My thoughts today are drifting to the union…and specifically the CTA and NEA.  Big topics….The more I think about it…the less I think they’re needed in education anymore.  I know, I know, I know, at first thought it seems kind of freaky to say.  As educators we’ve always been told horror stories of teachers being abused by the admin…and their only help was having the union support to back them up.  Better safe than sorry. 
Why were unions created? 

To provide the members with better pay, benefits, and working conditions. 

I think that’s 90% of their purpose…there’s been a lot of other things they do thrown in to the bag along the way…negotiations, representation in various legal and political arenas, grievance procedures, etc.

Ask yourself?  How have the pay raises gone for you over the past 10 years?  How have the working conditions improved? Your benefits are better right? 

Probably, you’ve answered a solid no on all accounts.

You’re paying this large group of people to help you have these things…and they are NOT delivering.  I can tell you this…the people working in CTA are getting their cost of living adjustments every year…and they ALLLLLL make better benefits than you or I…even their office managers many of whom have considerably less education than you.

How is THAT possible?

Let’s take anyone who is represented by someone…most of the time those people are called agents.  Their job is to make sure their clients get paid….and in ALL of those cases those agents DON’T get raises or more money until they’ve delivered for their clients.

Has the union delivered anything to you? 

Think about this…

Could it be in the CTA and NEA’s best interest to NEVER help you? The longer the budgets stay screwy, the less money there is available…the more that “CUTS ALL ACROSS THE BOARD” loom….the more they can tell you that you need them.  

“We’re fighting for YOU….to make sure that these cuts don’t affect the classroom teachers, and jobs, and we’re making sure these laws don’t go into affect that would put 506 kids in your classrooms…..we’re protecting you from mean administrators who would fire you for just breathing wrong.”

Fear mongering is what it is. 

The way I see it is that there should NEVER be a reason teachers don’t get a simple Cost of Living adjustment EVERY year.  PERIOD.

When was the last time that teachers did ANYTHING as a group to prove a point?   There’s a whole lot of us out there…and if we ever decided to actually unify we could get what we want…I’m pretty sure of it. 

You can’t tell me that if the teachers in California said…”we’re sick of not being a priority in this state…and until you give us the same priority that AT VERY LEAST you do to prisoners….we’re not coming in.” 

How long do you think that it would take before things changed?  I say very little 3 days max.   The state of California averages 45K a year per inmate…and about 4K a year for students.   What kind of union even lets that crap happen without making a statement?

The way I see the union, and have for quite awhile is that it lacks backbone.   They NEVER do anything except run stupid phone banks close to elections so MAYBE we can elect someone who, hopefully, makes the budget more educator friendly. 

I don’t think I’m the only person who feels this way either…

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