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Transcript of Teacher Unions
AFT (American Federation of Teachers)
1.6 million members.
Annual budget is 170 million dollars.
Number AFT in Michigan: Over 70
How much does it cost?
$40 or $70 annually
Focuses on fairness, democracy, economic opportunity
High quality public education
Health care and public services for students
Actively supports school improvement program
NEA (National Education Association)
3.3 million members today
Annual budget: $300 million
How much does it cost?
Teacher education candidates can join NEA student program.
Members include teachers, administrators, clerical, custodial, employees, higher education faculty, and other school personal.
Increasing student achievement
Enhance school system capacity
Influential in politics (local and national)
Research problems concerning students and teachers
Acts as a form of communication
Recent reports address?
History of NEA
Opening Discussion Questions
Do you feel like you know enough right now to decide if you want to be a part of a teacher union? Why/Why not?
Do you plan on joining a union?
What DO you know about them?
• Help improve teacher pay, working conditions and school environment.
• Protect teachers from oppressive supervision
• Provide teachers with:
Tools and materials
Legal protection and insurance
Professional development opportunities
• Fight for quality benefits
• Advocate the government for funding and legislation
• Fight against teacher pay being based exclusively on student test scores
• Ensure equal opportunity and diversity
Discussion question: Of the list provided, what benefit seems to be the one that would cause most teachers to join a union? Why?
What are teacher's unions and what functions do they serve?
Pros and Cons of Teacher Unions
The issue of accountability
Tenure allows for ineffective teachers to retain their jobs
Tenure makes teachers complacent in their career and the education they provide
Unions take the focus away from students
Unions leads to an increase of bureaucracy
Discussion question: Of the list provided, what is the biggest drawback that would cause teachers to not join a union? Why?
You do not always have to be a teacher to join a teacher union.
You do not have to join a union if you are a teacher.
Local is part of the state which is part of a national.
Schools with unionized teachers often produce higher achieving students.
State education funding per student tends to be higher in unionized, higher achieving states.
What about what we shared today did you find surprising/didn't know before?
Do you plan on joining a union?
To those of you that changed your mind about joining a teacher union what made you change your mind?
Strong, unified advocating body for education related professions
Ensure quality working environment and fair treatment (organized to improve working conditions)
Lobbying and campaigning
Provide resources and support where there might otherwise not be any
Have interest in overall education system
Made up of professionals passionate about education
Founded in Chicago - April 15, 1916
First 4 years - chartered 174 locals
World War I
After World War II
Recent Presidents and contributions
Sandra Feldman (1997-2004)
Edward J McElroy (2004-2008)
Randi Weingarten (2008-present)
History of AFT
Formed/Founded in 1857 in Philadelphia as the National Teachers' Association
In 1870, united with NASS and ANSA to form NEA
Chartered in 1906
Joined with American Teacher's Association in 1966
By: Katilee Bensley, Keri Santeiu, Neal O'Connor
American Federation of Teachers
American Federation of Teachers. Retrieved February 12, 2015, from http://www.aft.org/
Center for Union Facts: Teachers Unions Exposed. Retrieved February 12, 2015, from http://teachersunionexposed.com/
Collective Bargaining Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved March 1, 2015, from http://www.aflcio.org/Learn-About-Unions/Collective-Bargaining/Collective-Bargaining-Fact-Sheet
Johnson, J., Musial, D., Hall, G., & Gollnick, D. (2014).
Foundations of American Education: Becoming Effective Teachers In Challenging Times
(Sixteenth ed., pp. 388-390). Pearson Education.
National Education Association - NEA Home. Retrieved February 12, 2015, from http://www.nea.org/
Teacher Unions - OVERVIEW, INFLUENCE ON INSTRUCTION AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES - Teachers, National, Nea, and Aft. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2486/Teacher-Unions.html
Sadker. (2000, January 1). Chapter 15: Your First Classroom. Retrieved January 1, 2015, from http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/education/sadker/sg/chap15.htm
Valerie Strauss, V. (2014, October 6). Unions say they will back teachers who refuse to administer mandated standardized tests to students. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 1, 2015, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/06/unions-say-they-will-back-teachers-who-refuse-to-administer-mandated-standardized-tests-to-students/
Teacher Unions Today
in the Past
Other Professional Associations/Organizations
Join, participate in, provide leadership
Focus on chosen professional interests
Organized around academic disciplines and specific job assignments