Majority of teachers don’t know about union opt-out rights

Epoch Times:

Teachers in the Dark.

A majority of teachers are unaware of their newly won right to opt out of union dues, according to a new poll.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court declared that government agencies could no longer mandate union dues or fee payments as a condition of employment in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Despite the landmark ruling, a majority of American teachers remain ignorant of their ability to decline such payments and are also confused about the consequences of withdrawing from the union. A YouGov poll of 1,000 educators found 77 percent had not heard of the landmark case and 52 percent were unaware that they could continue to work without paying dues or fees.

The poll results reflected the reality on the ground, according to several teachers affiliated with the education reform group Teacher Freedom Project, which commissioned the poll. Greg Kuehn, a special-needs teacher at Minnesota’s Park Rapids Area School District, said in a release that many of his colleagues are not knowledgeable about their legal rights.

“The vast majority of teachers at my school have no idea that there is another choice when it comes to union membership,” Kuehn said in a statement. “They are shocked and in disbelief that it’s true and they are still unsure and afraid. I think it’s going to take a long time before all teachers know about Janus and feel comfortable making a choice.”

The poll found that nearly half of teachers were concerned about losing tenure, seniority, or other benefits if they opt out of the union—only 17 percent of those polled were able to correctly identify how resigning from a union would affect their daily teaching lives. It also found that 22 percent of teachers had reconsidered their union status in the past year; 3 percent of respondents had joined a union since the Janus case while only 1 percent reported leaving. Elementary school science teacher Daniel Elo from North St. Paul said his coworkers are more focused on teaching than their own rights.
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7 Comments on Majority of teachers don’t know about union opt-out rights

  1. Yeah right…. more focused on their indoctrination huh? This simply proves that a vast number of “teachers” are idiots and do not pay attention. assholes!
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  2. They also don’t know about: math, grammar, science, history, the tax system, and spelling.

    They specialize in: Gender, global warming, Obama, protesting, and apologizing for all the great accomplishments of the 20th century.

  3. I left the Union on a Friday. The next Monday I earned a 20,000 dollar per annum raise. If that’s all there is then that’s all there was to it. The Union told me for a decade that I would starve, die, and be bones in a ditch if I was bereft of a Union. We were all going to die without our beneficient Union Overlords.

    It turns out they were holding us back.

  4. I lived in the shadow land where the union trained me, upheld the laws of the Bell System, and then became the solace of maggots. I can’t say I was confused, though. I remember it was said that when the last Bell System man retires the Company was finished. It’s true. The Bell System and C&P are but a tale to be told. But some of us were a part of it. And proud. I’m proud to say I had a Bell on my badge. On my fucking helmet. I’m proud of that.

  5. Bullshit. Teachers are part of unions more because of the legal protections if they get sued. Most do not care about any of the political BS that the union pushes. The teachers are more concerned about the legal support a union offers when a deranged parent decides to sue to school and teacher.


    🔴 I would STRONGLY advise no teacher to leave the union. Every single snot-nosed brat with an exaggeration, that tell their nutty tiger-moms, who brow-beat bootlicking administrators and school boards willing to flip ass backwards believing anything that they say is why a union is needed.

    🔴 I worked part-time as a substitute just after college, and I would give 1/2 my paycheck to the union if I was a full-timer just to keep the zoo animals at bay.

    🔴 You’re a damn fool for dumping the only protection you’ll ever have against that pile of insanity. (or you can pay a private attorney to represent you every time) Because as soon as they fire you, let you go, or negotiate a separation, YOU ARE *D*O*N*E* teaching in that profession ever again,–DONE! because all the teaching applications NATION-WIDE will ask about it and disqualify you. Good-bye 5 – 8 years of college down the drain!


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