Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, now famous within the political world for taking on the public sector unions said: “The unions say ‘last hired – first fired;’ we say hire and fire based on merit. We want the best and brightest in the classroom.”
There is a definite difference between private sector unions and public sector unions. Many people don’t recognize the difference, or even know that there is a difference at all. On one hand, you have a group of workers forming a union in order to balance out the power of their superiors. They band together so that they can make legitimate demands, without fear of personal reprisal. The superior will do what they can to limit the cost of the demands made, while attempting to keep the workers happy. It’s a balancing act.
On the other hand, you have government employees, whose ultimate superior is an elected official. The public union makes demands of the state, and the political leader, which are not counterbalanced by the restraint of good business practices. The elected official gives the unions whatever they want in exchange for their votes on Election Day. This cycle is unbroken—so long as a Liberal is in office—and our taxes continue to rise so that politicians can appease the unions and buy votes. It’s criminal.
The teachers’ union is a perfect example of corruption. First, teachers have no choice but to join the union; which is unsettling to begin with. Second, the union does nothing to better educate children. Rather than trying to innovate, so that our education system could improve, the union simply does what is best for itself. Union bosses blast anyone who would dare to mention vouchers–or any programs that would improve education—and continue to suck more money from the taxpayers.
For example, consider the California educational system. According to Ben Shapiro:
“…in the Los Angeles Unified School District, two perfect attendees throughout high school received new Chevrolet Sonics, priced at $18,000, for showing up to school every day. During the 2012-2013 school year, LAUSD has handed out monthly prizes to kids who were present every day…Five elementary students also will receive iPads for winning the so-called Attendance Challenge…Why all the focus on attendance instead of student performance? Because the LAUSD system is paid by the state of California only for attendance. Every student is worth $32 per day from the state to the LAUSD system. That means that when students skip school, the unionized teachers and administrators pay the price.”
So, rather than creating a better environment for the education of kids, the state decides to initiate a prize system? This is juvenile, and a total waste of money. Offering prizes to students is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. The system is still dying.
Like Scott Walker said, the unions are operating within an archaic framework. I guarantee that there are people who—given the opportunity—could revitalize the American public school system. There are brilliant thinkers among us who could lead us into a 21st century educational system. Some have even tried, but have been struck down by the absurd power of the teachers’ union.
Public sector unions are killing our country. We are trapped on an island, surrounded by union sharks. Like a parasite that depends on the survival of its host, public sector unions are keeping us alive just enough to take advantage of us.
I don’t want to just be alive enough; I want to thrive. But in order to thrive, we must eliminate the public sector unions; especially the teachers’ union.