One conservative analyst maintains that the teachers' strikes America has witnessed in recent days may be motivated by a fear over an upcoming United States Supreme Court decision that could decide whether government employees can be forced to pay union dues.
In 1977, the Supreme Court ruled that government workers could be forced to pay for union dues, but could change with the impending decision in the lawsuit, Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Mackinac Center Senior Fellow Vincent Vernuccio believes that union tactics have become antiquated over the years.
"Essentially, their business model is based in the Industrial Revolution – where you had assembly line workers – and really, the only way you could get ahead was by logging another year on the job,” Vernuccio pointed out. “But, unfortunately, that's what you see with a lot of these teacher contracts. There really isn't much room for things like merit pay."
The education expert contends that teacher strikes and rumors of strikes are bubbling up because teachers feel their unions are not getting them what they want – and the teachers are now banding together to negotiate their own deal.
"We want teachers to be paid more, and in order to do so, I think that teachers have to be able to negotiate individualized contracts," Vernuccio insisted.
West Virginia and Oklahoma teachers recently went out on strike, as well.
In addition, Arizona, Florida and Kentucky teachers are considering going on strike in the near future.