The Face Of The Teachers Union

Many of my friends still innocently assume that the teachers union is really out to help the students, they have no real self interest in their own personal gain over those of students. Articles like this should remove them of such naive beliefs.

3 Responses to “The Face Of The Teachers Union”


  • I don’t know why anyone would or should assume that a union anywhere has anything beyond its members in mind. Unions represent the interests of a select group of workers. Of course, the same could be said of private corporations who have only the interests of their boards and shareholders in mind. That said, I don’t quite see why unions should be demonized any more than any other group of stakeholders in our system. Shareholders and corporate boards get together and set prices and hire legal help so as to maximize profits. Shouldn’t individuals who sell their labor do the same?

  • I agree. I have no problem with equal footing between the two in private industry.

    But with government jobs, its more difficult. If unions represent the teachers interests above else, who represents the students interest above all else?

  • That hardcore right-wing Rethuglican named Franklin Delano Roosevelt said concerning government unions:

    “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

    Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.”

    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15445

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