Biased Teachers Unions
May 27th, 2011 by Brawlin Melgar

Teachers Unions are out of Control in Ohio. The Ohio Education Association has overstepped its bounds by using union dues to push a liberal political agenda.

Case in point #1 – Ohio Education Association Imposes $54 Dues Hike to Defeat the Senate Bill 5, a bill that is supported by republicans and rejected by democrats.
Case in point #2 – Ohio Education Association Publishes a far left publication called Ohio Schools Magazine, which feeds it membership and readership one-sided and misleading information.
Case in point #3 – Ohio Education Association is against Charter Schools, Homeschooling and School Choice of any kind.
Case in point #4 – Ohio Education Association is against performance pay or teacher evaluations of any kind
Case in point #5 – OEA meetings are nothing more than a liberal political rally
Case in point #5 – OEA membership fear repercussions for voicing an opposing opinions, so largely they remain silent.

Raising dues for political purposes is wrong if the member teacher wants to opt out. Rhetoric and propaganda regarding Ohio Senate Bill 5 and other issues coming forth should not be funded in an involuntary manner by workers.

Jade Thompson’s right to choose was violated when the OEA refused to listen to her or take action regarding her rational, reasonable complaint. The OEA is so political that they refuse to listen to even their own membership.

I’m Jade Thompson and my husband, Andy Thompson, is running for the Ohio House of Representatives. I am a teacher at Marietta High School. Imagine my chagrin when my friends and colleagues began showing me the awful attack ads against my husband which they had received in the mail. Now imagine my dismay when I saw that those defamatory mailers were paid for by the Ohio Education Association – my teachers’ union.

In effect, they are using my union dues to attack my husband! This is a new low, even for the OEA!!!

Speaking at the OEA meeting earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) urged teachers to rally for the referendum campaign and “make this personal.”

“You can talk all the statistics you want, but tell your personal story. Tell people why you’re a teacher,” Said Democrat Senator Brown.

So why does the union want to make this personal? Because that’s the only way the union can win. Facts get in the way. If you suggest that teachers paid $60,000 or more (plus benefits) take a 10% pay cut to avoid firings and program reductions, the teachers union attacks.

Teachers should be free to spend their hard-earned dollars to contribute to the candidates and causes they actually support, but OEA members do not have that freedom. The OEA and its parent organization, the NEA have a liberal agenda. Robert Chapman the former general counsel for the NEA once said in federal court,

“if you take away payroll deduction, you won’t collect a penny from these people, and it has nothing to do with voluntary or involuntary. I think it has to do with the nature of the beast, and the beasts who are our teachers … (They) simply don’t come up with the money regardless of the purpose.”

Now I don’t know about all teachers, but the ones I know take offense to being called beasts.

Teacher Unions Broke Education in the US
Apr 26th, 2011 by Brawlin Melgar

The education system in the United States is broken. Everyone knows it is, yet not much is being done about it. Bad teachers get by while good teachers see bad undeserving teachers get the same raise. That is biased, unfair and hurts our kids.

Good News the Bias is Changing
The education bias toward the collective and away from the individual is ending in at least two states, Wisconsin and Ohio. Those states have just adopted a new bias. A bias focused on the individual teacher away from the field leveling, money grabbing collectivist union.

Under SB5, Ohio’s new public union law, teacher performance will be a major component in evaluating teachers for pay increases. Gone are the automatic merit increases negotiated by the union. Now pay is based on a system that involves observing teachers in the classroom and evaluating their knowledge of the subject, their teaching skills and their ability to communicate to students.

There also will be testing student performance from beginning of the year to the end of the school year according to a recent Cleveland Plain Dealer article by Reginald Fields.

Student achievement will be 50% of the teacher performance grade. The total performance grade will now determine if the teacher gets a raise or just gets to keep their job.

Old Union Bias – Everyone Gets A Pay Raise because it is Good for The Group
In the current system, teachers received pay increases regardless of performance. Additionally bad teachers were protected from being fired for poor performance. Worse yet, those poor performing teachers received the same raise as the better performing teachers. In Boston, the Teacher’s Union actually blocked bonuses for deserving teachers.

New Individual Bias – When you deserve a raise, you get a raise

With the new system, each teacher can receive pay increases when performance is worthy of a raise. Now teachers will be treated as most employees are treated. More importantly the bias now is back on the performance and future performance of students and each individual teacher, not on the union.

As this video explains, let’s put the bias back in to teaching our children and away from collectivism/unionism.

The Truth about Teachers Unions from Union Facts on Vimeo.

Union is Skeptical
Unions do not like this idea at all. They question the way student achievement will be measured claiming that there aren’t enough student growth measures that are reliable enough to used as a basis for teacher compensation. In general they call any attempt to measure the performance of the teacher unfair. Maybe the union ought to wait until April 30, 2011 for the Ohio Superintendent of Education to submit the framework for how to evaluate teachers and how to evaluate students.

The education system in America is broken, some teachers are being overcompensated while others are being under compensated. And where is the bias? Not on our kids, that’s for sure.

Hopefully that will be a thing of the past.

Teachers Unions – Not about the Kids
Nov 6th, 2010 by johnbeagle

Some teachers only support the union passively, they don’t want to rock the boat. But they also don’t like the idea that union dues are used to finance political things that many don’t want, don’t agree with.In the US, teachers unions are motivated to retain good and bad teachers to help maintain the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in dues. They don’t want to rock the boat by firing anyone. That would be bad publicity for the unions.

“Teachers Union leaders’ are primarily interested in more money to hire more teachers, who are then likely to become dues-paying union members as evidenced by this quote from

Al Shanker, former President of the American Federation of Teachers,

“I don’t represent the children.

I represent the teachers.”

Merit Pay vs Tenure

Our teachers can not be given raises base on merit. In Ohio, for example, after 5 years, public school teachers receive what’s commonly called “tenure,” a special employment protection that teachers unions defend. As federal statistics indicate, teachers with just a couple years of experience are practically impossible to fire. The Ohio Teachers firing rate of teachers with 3+ years experience is 1.91% vs 9.8% for private schools without unions.

Nationally, the NEA Representative Assembly passed a resolution that explicitly condemns offering higher pay to math, science, and foreign language teachers for positions a school district is having trouble filling than to any other teachers: “The Association opposes providing additional compensation to attract and/or retain education employees in hard-to-recruit positions….”

The National Education Association (NEA) employs a larger number of political organizers than the Republican and Democratic National Committees combined. This is pure political clout and that clout trickles down to local school unions including Monroe. The NEA assist local teachers unions, like the MEA with collective bargaining by supplying negotiation experience that often vastly outstrips the resources of a local school district.

Teachers Union Membership Dues go to a One – Sided Political Agenda
Unionized teachers have little choice when it comes to helping the unions promote their one-sided political agenda. A complaint I have heard from numerous teachers over the past two decades. Dues overwhelmingly go to democrat candidates and democrat pro-union policy support including advertising against charter schools, school choice and merit pay.

How do Teachers, Principals, Superintendents and School Boards View Teachers Unions?
According to a 1980 Cornell University study survey, each group sees unions differently. Principals were likely to be less in favor of unions vs everyone else employed in the school system. The study surveys attitudes of school personnel toward teacher unions and draws some implications concerning the dynamics of labor relations in school systems.

Reference: Bacharach and Mitchells paper titled: Labor Relations in School Systems; Attitudes toward Teachers Unions across School District Hierarchies

Teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members responded to questions on what areas unions should be involved in, degree of satisfaction with the local, and the state of labor management relations in the district.

Teachers showed general satisfaction with their local and favored more union involvement in all areas addressed.

Principals felt constrained by many work-related benefits teachers have obtained and saw the union as disrupting their ability to run their schools.

Although superintendents were more strongly opposed to union involvement in work-related areas and more unsympathetic to economic demands than principals, they were very satisfied with the union and with labor relations because they perceived the unions as a medium for dealing with the entire staff.

School Boards
School boards regarded the unions as limiting their ability to develop policy and administer schools economically and wanted unions to decrease levels of involvement in all areas. Thus a graduated shift in attitudes is seen as one moves up the district hierarchy, with attitudes reflecting the degree to which the union has helped or hindered the respondent’s job performance.

Why do All Teachers Seem Support the Union?
As a group, teachers are not very political, they just want to teach. Generally, teachers are put in a position where they are better off supporting the union rather than fighting the union. So many just prefer to not ‘rock the boat’. They just stick it out with the union, just like generations before them.

Sources: Personal Interviews, State University of New York, Ithaca, Cornell University, Teachers Unions Exposed, the New York Post, Washington Times

Other Suggested reading: The Failed UAW Monopoly

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Boston Teachers Union Blocks Bonuses
Nov 30th, 2009 by admin

Boston Teachers Union Blocks Bonuses

Over 200 of Boston’s best teachers won’t be getting bonuses this year, at least not if the Boston Teacher’s Union has anything to say about it. The Union is strongly opposing a performance bonus plan for the best teachers in a move that has education experts scratching their heads.

The program was launched by Exxon Mobil and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations in 2008 at the John D. O’Bryant School. It pays Advanced Placement teachers $100 bonuses for each student who passes the test. It also pays up to $3,000 a year for meeting other goals and after-school study sessions for Advanced Placement classes that count toward college credit.

The union feels the money should be divided up amongst all teachers – both good and bad. “There’s no one solely responsible for the development of these students. They should all share in the money,” said Union head Richard Stutman.

Jim Stergios, executive director of the nonpartisan Pioneer Institute sees it differently, “It’s insanity. They’re less concerned about promoting the interest of individual members than maintaining control over their members.”

School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson agrees, “(The union) is standing in the way off innovation. I think we have to realize we can’t do business as usual…. We have to be willing to make changes and give kids the opportunities they need,” she told the Boston Herald.

The program is just one of many ways Boston Public Schools is looking to boost its schools’ academic performance. And according to Morton Orlov, the president of the Massachusetts Math & Science Initiative at MassINSIGHT, the schools that currently accept teacher bonuses have seen a 39% increase in students passing Advanced Placement exams.

Competition is what drives the world and these days, many educational systems are experimenting with it. Paying teachers based on performance and motivating them to work harder to see to it that children succeed seems like a great idea and countless studies have shown that it almost always works out for the positive. But the Unions aren’t concerned with children acquiring knowledge and passing tests so they can get into college, they’re only concerned with keeping themselves in power and pleasing their members. If there was ever any proof that Unions hurt business rather than help, this is it. It may not seem like such a big deal to many when it comes to the corporate world but seeing how they could possibly affect our children should be an eye-opener for parents.

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