Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Which Teacher's Union is Best Fit?

When looking at two large Teacher's Unions in our country, it may be tough to decide which one you as a teacher want to be apart of.  The two major teacher organizations are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  "The NEA and the AFT work to improve the salaries and the working conditions of teachers through collective bargaining (that is, all the teachers in a school system bargaining as one group through a chosen representative), organized actions (including strikes), and influencing education policy.

As a new teacher without much knowledge about either of these organizations, both of them seem to have many pros and cons.  It seems as though each are advertising their benefits to teachers all over the country as businesses.  Are these organizations putting money and salaries above the needs of the children's education?  Some may criticize that they do for many reasons.  For example, in a previous post, I had discussed a teacher's strike that had been taking place in Vermont by teachers wanting more money and health benefits because of the time spent in the classroom.  Teachers need unions to protect them from situations that may be out of their control such as liability issues and tenure.  This should be the top priority, not salaries.

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