March 8, 2011
Teachers Unions Debunked
I've written before about the mainstream media and their spin on topics. The same is happening with respect to the uproar that's now building about teachers unions and other public sector unions. Here at the Fire Pit, I've posted at least two videos of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talking with union members in his state.
Yesterday a college instructor sent me a link to a very enlightening video that helps to peel back the layers of mystery and mystic about teachers unions. You're going to wish you had a college-level course on logic after you watch the video below. That might help you follow the woman avatar's argument a little better - or not!
The professor also wrote to me,
" ... FYI, I am a college instructor and involuntary payer of dues for "union representation". If I didn't like the compensation/benefits offered to me, I could have refused the job. If I felt I can do better (or wanted to) elsewhere, I can leave. Instead, every month I get to contribute a portion of my salary to fund the union which provides me no value and very possibly limits my potential by virtue of the compensation structure they negotiated into the contract."
Here's how I feel about unions right now. They are, for the most part, unnecessary. Why? Because now we have so many ways to expose the truth about workplace situations and employers. Years ago workers had no way to easily tell the world what was going on behind the walls of a plant. We have video cameras in our phones, we have free publishing on the Internet, etc. If a worker wants to show an injustice, they have the tools at their fingertips to tell the world.
Workers are able to air their complaints in public like never before. Let the free market of labor determine what's fair. If you, as a worker, have sweet skills that few have in your community, why should you be LIMITED by your union as to what you can make? Why should you get paid the SAME as another worker if you work faster and better? If your skills are in short supply, you should make more. Negotiate that on your own with your employer. Why should your union dues go to causes you don't support?
The list of questions are endless.
You'll laugh at this video, unless you're a diehard union member that really feels that you're getting the short end of the stick for some reason.