For years New York City spent over $65 million annually to pay the salaries of hundreds of teachers to spend the day in “rubber rooms” passing the time doing anything from napping to playing cards. Protected by a union contract with the city, these teachers were sent to the “rubber rooms” while the process to remove them for alleged misconduct or poor performance stretched out for months to a decade. On October 5th the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on whether the County will open itself to the same situation…
Twenty-eight years after Governor Doug Wilder signed it into law, the Virginia General Assembly lifted the ban on public sector collective bargaining. As of May 1st, localities in Virginian could give government unions a monopoly to represent all employees at a particular worksite.
However, the law passed in Richmond is unique from other states as it sets virtually no guidelines on what government unions can bargain over and how they can be formed.
The CDC guidance that unions helped write despite their complete lack of expertise has led to children having severe emotional health issues, including depression, anxiety and suicide as well as physical health issues including nutrition and exercise. It is also clear that the students who live in districts that ignored both the CDC and teacher’s unions will have children who hold a significant academic advantage over children in large metropolitan areas for years to come.
A nonprofit organization that advocates for families is accusing Fairfax County teachers union officials of violating Virginia law that prohibits public-sector strikes when the union organized with hundreds of teachers to take a mental health sick day in October.
According to Virginia law, a public-sector employee is deemed to have terminated his or her employment if the employee refuses to perform his or her duties as a means to obstruct, impede or suspend an operation of the government employer in concert with two or more employees. The law states such a person will not be eligible for employment by a public agency for 12 months after the strike.
More and more parents are exercising choice in their selection of education for their children. In North Carolina, removal of charter school caps, creation of vouchers, and expansion of programs for special needs children have resulted in almost 20% of school children enrolled in a school other than public schools. Public school enrollment has dropped over 5% since 2010 as an increasing number of parents are seeking alternatives to public education.
However, what about the teachers? Teachers are limited in…