September 13, 2013

It's not just Kenosha: "It seems like the majority of our affiliates in the state aren't seeking re-certification."

Everyone's talking about the Kenosha teacher's union getting decertified, that's a quote from a WEAC official, so "Kenosha is a trend setter, not an outlier."
Kenosha Unified is the third largest school district in the state. It has a well-earned reputation as a district dominated by it's [sic] unionized teachers. Pro-union school board members helped extend the previously-existing contract to delay the implementation of the Act 10 reforms there.


SteveR said...

Trickle... Flow... Flood

This will keep happening, public employee unions don't reflect reality. Better to wake up now.

Craig said...

Visited Kenosha about a month ago just to see the Civil War Museum and the 1st Congregational Church. My third cousin, twice removed, in Tampa is a descendant of Christopher and Rebecca George, who designed and built the church. War widows and children orphaned by the war sometimes enjoyed a special status in some circles.

james conrad said...

Now it's clear who and why those folks made such a big fuss in Madison during the recall days. Walker represented freedom for the slaves on the public sector union plantation.

tim in vermont said...

Hence the extra-democratic techniques the Left used to fight the law.

Big Mike said...

I think there's a role for teacher unions to play going forward. But the better teachers and the parents -- the taxpayers and voters, remember them -- reject the role that the teacher unions have taken on.

Unknown said...

It smells like Freedom somehow.

Richard Head said...

What will change? The Teachers already control the school board - they still vote their paychecks.

Have you ever seen an outside reformer elected to a school board who didn't parrot the teachers position of more pay and benefits? Of course not!

The Teachers are smart enough to realize that since they vote their paychecks - they don't need to pay a third party to represent them.

Kenosha Unified School District residents approved a 2.19 percent increase to the district’s tax levy at the district’s annual meeting at Mahone Middle School Thursday night.

KUSD Teachers get two raises this year - one from the school board and another by voting out the union.

The day you have a school board that is not going to give KUSD Teachers what they want - that is the day the union will be voted in again!

It's kind of like Scott Walker's stealth pay raise for public employees - cutting top income tax rates - yet still continuing to grow government and take on more debt.

The real problem that needs to be addressed is that public employees everywhere in Wisconsin are overpaid, overcompensated, retire too young, and that property taxes have made many areas of Wisconsin uncompetitive in a global economy.

Put all public employees in Wisconsin on Obamacare and end the looting of communities by public officials!

TML said...

This seems like it will be a good situation for sniffing out MSM bias. It's a huge, gigantic story. It utterly repudiates the entire tale of the unions, the one they have been spinning for years. Now it will just be a "local story". Unfortunately for the unions, they know they're in trouble. Might we finally see some chinks in the PSU armor?

Curious George said...

Solidarity Forever!

LarsPorsena said...

I guess this is what democracy looks like.

FleetUSA said...

Freedom now

MCD said...

I come from a family of fine schoolteachers, all of whose students have outperformed their peers. Still, when I introduced my two-year-old son to my truly distinguished schoolteacher aunt, she said, "You aren't going to send him to public schools, are you?"

We started him in our state's best school district and, after second grade, threw up our hands. The Northeast private prep school cost us a fortune and was by no means perfect, but at least our child was not treated like an undifferentiated extrusion from an industrial enterprise. In the public school, as a bright but undemanding child, he sat in the back of a small class and got absolutely no attention. When we left our last parent-teacher conference, my husband said, "She has no idea who our kid is."

Schools need to be about the students. With teachers' unions, schools become about the teachers and their rules, about extra pay for coming in 15 minutes early, about whether parents should be notified when children have problems.

The teachers at my son's private school were paid less but respected more. They were, with some exceptions, better prepared and more devoted to their students than the ones in the public schools.

I'm all for respecting teachers, but the teacher union movement has reduced a noble profession.

My son, now 21, is finishing a top college in a STEM major with magna cum laude grades and fine employment prospects. I don't think he would be where he is if we had left him in a public school.