In voting to jeopardize $40 million in federal funding rather than actually holding teachers accountable, lawmakers showed who’s really pulling their strings
Something extraordinary happened in Waterville, WA, last November. A group of around 20 teachers in the local school district cut their ties with the state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) and established their own local union to meet their unique needs in the workplace.
Before going into negotiations with the union special interest group, the Issaquah School Board evaluated results of a Parent Teacher Student Association “Community Values Survey.” Knowing the service levels desired by nearly 1,000 parents will help district leaders focus on community interests rather than only hearing about employee interests.
The only way employees may change or leave their union is through a cumbersome decertification process. Workers wishing to decertify their union must collect signed cards from at least 30 percent of their bargaining unit expressing a desire for an election.
Union bosses like Geoff Simpson frequently claim that “Public sector and all unions are really some of the most democratic organizations there are in this country.”
Using data obtained in a public records request, the Freedom Foundation compiled a database of all attempts by public sector employees to change or decertify unions from 2010-2013.