Some of the Teacher Unions
During my entire tenure working in traditional public schools, I enjoyed great relations with teacher union officials and dues paying union members. Today, however, it seems that some of these unions have gone completely out-of-bounds. For instance, there was a United Opt Out picket and march outside the US Department of Education this last Spring. Another example, the Chicago Teachers Union whose week + strike was for pay demands so outrageous and with knowledge that the City of Chicago and its Chicago Public Schools cannot possibly afford the salary demands.
Worse are the anti-kid, anti-family, anti-education antics some of these union, such as the CTU continue to espouse and flat-out demand.
I am a supporter of unions, and always have been, but I am rethinking that support with some teacher unions. Some of these folks are flat-out kids haters I believe. It sure does make me proud of some of the NEA and AFT affiliated units I worked with years ago. How did we go from the AFT’s Adam Urbanski’s teachings that all union positions should support and link to teaching and learning to what we see today?