Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling to end forced union dues on non-members, as in the Janus v. AFSCME case, the public school system has to shape up their act.
According to Fox News, the battle over unions collecting money from non-members moved from the Supreme Court to the court of public employees’ opinion.
On the same day the court announced its ruling in the Janus case barring public-sector unions from automatically collecting fees from government workers who choose not to join the union, libertarian groups were outside government buildings passing out literature.
“We’re planning an all-of-the-above comprehensive educational campaign to reach those public employees and let them know about their constitutional rights,” said Maxford Nelsen from the Freedom Foundation, a libertarian think tank based in Washington State.
The news quickly trickled down to public schools and their unions. Educators and parents can expect some major changes ahead. Democrats can expect to lose their cash-cow.
1. Democrats Will Lose a Huge Source of Campaign Cash
Unions function as political operations for politicians who expand government’s sources of power and revenue. They essentially turn government into its own lobbying group, a major conflict of interest that also corrupts government into an antagonist with interests separate and opposing those of the American people rather than our duly sworn servant.
2. Schools Can Fire Bad Teachers, Pay Good Teachers More
Two-thirds of public school teachers are unionized. Unions are largely responsible for employment rules that prevent hiring and firing teachers according to merit and a principal’s discretion. Union-demanded teacher employment results in salary schedules that pay people according to credentials and length of tenure in a given school district, not teacher quality.
The results are well-documented: significantly less student learning, especially for the children who need extra help. This reduces kids’ future income and employment prospects. It also especially hurts kids with special needs and math and science education, since the people who are qualified to meet those needs typically have far more lucrative and less bureaucratic career options outside of education, where due to union-demanded salary arrangements schools often cannot offer them competitive compensation.
3. States Can Better Address Massive Pension Shortfalls
Government employee unions are a major contributor to the tsunami of state and local debt about to engulf the nation, as they are the ones who used their ill-gotten political war chests to demand big benefits for their retirees at the expense of today’s taxpayers. Unfunded government pension liabilities — or the difference between what politicians negotiated with unions and what they’ve saved — now stand nationwide at $19,000 for every single U.S. resident. That’s resident, not taxpayer, so if you have two kids and a wife, that’s $76,000 your family “owes” to people providing no public service now or in the future.