Collective Bargaining Hurts Teachers


(Guest post by Greg Forster)

OCPA carries my article on why collective bargaining hasn’t been a good bargain for K-12 teachers:

I’m not against unions. My wife worked for a union for years, volunteering long hours as an employee advocate in company dispute resolution. She signed up to work for the union when she saw managers mistreating workers, and the company violating its contractual obligations to them. The union was the only effective protection those workers had.

But collective bargaining and representation simply isn’t a good fit for K-12 teachers. Not all types of workers are well-served by unionizing. Doctors and lawyers don’t unionize. The nature of the work they do just doesn’t permit the standardization, controlled processes, and highly specified work outputs that are necessary for collective bargaining to be effective.

Let me know what you think!

Update: Also worth noticing: “our regression results indicate that unionization has a powerful negative influence on educational outcomes.”

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