Skip to comments.Former Union Prez: Union May Lose 40% of Members – Including Him – if Teacher Right to Work Passes
Posted on 09/16/2011 5:58:13 AM PDT by MichCapCon
As a teacher in the Grand Ledge Public Schools and a former teachers union president, John Ellsworth says the various education reforms coming from Michigans Republican-led government are despicable. He thinks the much-talked about right-to-teach legislation for public school employees, which would make joining a teachers union voluntary, is part of a continued attack blaming teachers for school woes.
Yet, even Ellsworth says he would drop his Michigan Education Association membership if right-to-work for teachers became a reality.
Yes. I think I would, Ellsworth said.
Depending upon what districts would be willing to offer to teachers who declined union representation, Ellsworth estimated that somewhere between 10 percent and 40 percent of teachers would bolt from the MEA.
The reason? He says some dont think they are getting real value from the $90 per month in union dues he says they pay.
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Bye and good riddance. Don't let the screen door hit ya, where the Good Lord split ya!
I don't see the problem here. What if a teacher doesn't want to use his/her own money to pay for democrat politicians? What if they're Republicans? Why would an American citizen HAVE to support democrats in order to work for a living?
I suspect they’ll lose a lot more members than that.
Sounds like a quick way to give yourself a $1100 raise.
And the problem is?....
I never cease to be amazed by union types who demand the right to organize while relentlessly working to prevent the right to opt-out of union membership.
My teamster father-in-law swore to me that union membership was optional and not forced. I had to politely tell him he was full of crap.
Oh and “Big Business” is equivalent to the F-word.
It’s clear the idea of “voluntary” union membership is a foreign term to these people. The unions have been at or near the seat of people in the upper Midwest so long, the fact their power base is now seeing some ripples is causing major trauma to their psyches. Let it continue!!!
Teaching was intended to be a profession of service, not a political bloc.
They bite the hand that feeds them. When the companies shut down and move overseas to escape, they can't understand why.
Remember when teachers did it for the love of teaching our youth instead of unionizing and demanding less work and more pay? And having sex with the students?
So wait, he’s bitching, yet ADMITTING the union is worthless anyway.
Minus the home repair and medical costs.
“Oh and ‘Big Business’ is equivalent to the F-word.”
And it never ceases to amaze me that union members don’t get the fact that unions are “big business”, too. Nothing is more duplicitous and upside-down than the logic of liberals, marxists, unions, and Democrats. IMHO.
Define "real value".... such as paid thugs to go out and trample capitol lawns, intimidate politicians and tea partiers, etc.?
How good is your organization if you have to force people to join? I’m in a right to work state which is just perfect.
I’ve got a nephew (here in our “right to work” state) who recently went to work for a large defense contractor. He was politely informed that while he did not HAVE to join the union, not doing so would be “frowned upon”. It worked ... he’s now a reluctant member of the union AND $17 poorer per week AND his money will clearly be going to support politicians and policies that he is completely opposed to.
I will bet the actual thought of working in a voluntary-union culture is scaring the poor sod to death.
As an America, I find it unbelievable that someone living in my country has a problem with making union membership VOLUNTARY. Unreal! What America really needs right now is MORE AMERICANS!
As an American, I find it unbelievable that someone living in my country has a problem with making union membership VOLUNTARY. Unreal! What America really needs right now is MORE AMERICANS!
Here is a unique idea! Make the entire state of Michigan a RIGHT TO WORK STATE then watch what happens adios 12 unions.....I always felt the only difference between the Union and the Mafia is the Mafia don’t care who you vote for. They are both crooks. I recall at many TWU meetings asking why we must send our dues money to the democrats when Florida is a Republican State?
A very good question that was no doubt ignored or stonewalled. Personally, given a choice between the Mafia and Unions, I’ll take the Mafia. They make no excuses for the fact they are crooks and threaten and extort and kill people. Unions do the same but the wrap themselves in respectability.
“Depending upon what districts would be willing to offer to teachers who declined union representation, Ellsworth estimated that somewhere between 10 percent and 40 percent of teachers would bolt from the MEA.”
It’s a feature — not a bug.
As a teacher in the Grand Ledge Public Schools and a former teachers union president, John Ellsworth says the various education reforms coming from Michigan's Republican-led government are "despicable." ...part of "a continued attack" blaming teachers for school woes. Yet... He says some don't think they are getting real value from the $90 per month in union dues he says they pay.Join a Union. Not every dollar sent to a 527 benefits Democratic candidates.