In light of the recent killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, the NY Times belatedly came to the realization that municipal unions protect their union members and not the public at-large. While this should be obvious to anyone, it is remarkable for the liberal media.
On June 7, 2020, a front page article led with a sub-title “Unions Using Their Outsize Political Power to Resist Checks on Officers’ Behavior.” The article continued:
“as demands for reform have mounted… unions have emerged as one of the most significant roadblocks to change.”
The Times was fine writing negatively about this particular union – law enforcement – but these are words that are true for ALL MUNICIPAL UNIONS, especially the one that the Times cherishes the most: the Teachers Unions.
For years the Teachers Unions has fought against necessary changes for millions of young Americas. They have fought against Charter schools which outperform public schools. They have fought to keep weak teachers on payroll and make it virtually impossible to fire someone who would have been quickly dismissed in any other profession. They have been sued for corruption by its own members who are forced to pay dues which end up into the coffers of politicians who may not be of the individuals liking.
The union negotiates for raises and incredible pension benefits for its retirees. The United States has a real divided society which no one talks about: those with secure guaranteed pensions who work for government unions, and the rest of America which is worried about retirement.
Meanwhile, millions of students are falling behind students in Europe and Asia in reading, math and science. According to a person administering the exams “About a fifth of American 15-year-olds scored so low on the PISA test that it appeared they had not mastered reading skills expected of a 10-year-old.”
Politicians are too scared to take on these powerful unions. The union leaders have the muscle to deliver millions of dollars and votes, so government officials are forced to give in to their demands. They look like they’re taking action by investing billions into a broken system.
The teachers unions will say they are fighting for our kids but it’s plainly untrue; they are fighting for their public school teachers, just as the police unions fight for their members. While Americans have come to question whether the police are providing safety for all people, we have known for years that the public school system is failing millions of children yet we fail to point the finger and demand reforms of the teachers’ unions.
In fact, the liberal media DEFENDS the teachers over America’s children consistently.
Consider the teachers strike in Los Angeles last year. The Times wrote about the sad state of students while failing to talk about the huge salaries and pensions that LA teachers receive. Teachers strikes are for teachers, not students. The Times acted like an open mic for union leaders, deflecting the entire issue.
This week, the Times turned on its very first municipal union and called for reform of police unions. All Americans should take that momentum and forcefully push for a complete dismantling of the broken educational system which is a direct result of the corrupt and inept public teachers’ unions.
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