|Las Vegas Teacher Fed-Up with Union|
|posted by: Alix | July 10, 2012, 06:03 PM|
According to one Las Vegas teacher, "The fat lady has sung" and he is washing his hands of union membership. Frustrated by years of hostile negotiations, massive lay-offs, exorbitant dues, and partisan politics, Nathan Warner is advising his fellow educators to drop union membership this week during a small resignation period– July 1-15 – which just might be the best kept secret in town.
Clearly, while reasonable people can disagree about the merits of individual education policies, his account of a broken system brought to its knees by a monopoly special interest in Nevada is entirely accurate. In a statewide climate where teachers have a history of modest pay and are now experiencing lay-offs and further work disruptions, this information couldn't have come to light at a more critical time.
Although this example illustrates a specific area in the country, teachers everywhere are obviously growing frustrated with representation that is getting them nothing but lay-off notices. Already teachers are leaving the unions in droves with nearly 150,000 teachers throughout the country off the union rosters in the last year alone. Educators and other like-minded individuals must spread the word about these issues and consider non-union alternatives, like the Association of American Educators.
Read Mr. Warner's op-ed below and comment on their website to show support. If you are a teacher in Nevada, click here to see how you can drop union membership.
The fat lady, as they say, has sung: the negotiations negotiated, the arbitration arbitrated, the layoffs laid off.
What do you think of Mr. Warner's assessment? Is your state or district experiencing similar problems?