Weiner: Teacher Unionism Reborn

by E Wayne Ross on January 30, 2012

New Politics: Teacher Unionism Reborn

By Lois Weiner

In the past five years, we have witnessed a demonization of teachers unions that is close to achieving its goal: destruction of the most stable and potentially powerful defender of mass public education. Teacher unionism’s continued existence is imperiled — if what we define as “existence” is organizations having the legal capacity to bargain over any meaningful economic benefits and defend teachers’ rights to exercise professional judgment about what to teach and how to do it.