Striking public school teachers in Oregon contend that they are prepared to picket for weeks – if that is what it takes to secure higher wages for themselves at the expense of students’ education.
Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, went on strike earlier this month in the beginning of the fall semester.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy Senior Fellow Vincent Vernuccio argues that since the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled last summer that teachers don't have to pay "agency" or "shop" fees if they are not members of the union strikes – and the number of educators opting out have increased.
Vernuccio asserts that unions are now trying to maintain their memberships.
"So, I think now what you're seeing is a lot of unions wanting to flex their muscle and try to keep those dues-paying members in," the expert on public policy offered.
Vernuccio asserted that Mackinac supports the concept of good pay for good teachers, but he also asserts that this is not what the unions have in mind.
"But what these strikes and what unions are fighting for across the country is not good pay for good teachers,” Vernuccio insisted. “It's just across-the-board level increases – and also try[ing] to flex their muscle."
USA Today recently reported that parents are angry that their children are not in school, but they are blaming school administrators – not teachers.