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PBC School District, teachers union say they are “getting close” to salary ... - Palm Beach Post (blog)

PBC School District, teachers union say they are “getting close” to salary ... - Palm Beach Post (blog) | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
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PBC School District, teachers union say they are “getting close” to salary ...
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It would change a first-year teacher's salary from $38,000 a year to $39,000 a year.
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As I am beginning to realize how important the battle between the government and the Teachers Union is to maintaining relative teacher accountability and improved benefits of teachers, the issue of raising teachers’ salaries in the PBC School District seems like another necessary evil. The Teachers Union is eager to raise teacher salaries because teachers believe that they deserve more pay for the time and effort they spend on caring for their students. The government on the other hand has a tight budget to work with and doesn’t want to spoil teachers with extra salary increases without a good reason to.

 

Keeping personal interests and others' interests in mind, both parties are forced to debate whether issues, such as raising teacher salaries is completely necessary. Debating the costs and benefits of every action that the Teacher Union wants to demand of the government, the government and Teachers Union are able to keep one another in relative accountability. Thus, even though the new may portray one party as more corrupt or not understanding as the other, these battles between the government and Teachers Union are necessary to maintain a system of checks and balances. 

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A California College Just Fired This Adjunct Midsemester. Why? They Don’t Have to Tell Him, or Anyone.

A California College Just Fired This Adjunct Midsemester. Why? They Don’t Have to Tell Him, or Anyone. | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
Stefan Veldhuis, a devoutly Christian single father of two and a popular adjunct professor of political science at Chaffey College (a two-year public institution in Southern California), received an unexpected phone call on Nov.
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As I am discovering the purpose of the Teachers Union from a political perspective, I want to evaluate whether the Teachers Union is an effective and necessary construct that truly protects teachers or spolis them. Through my curation, I keep running into the the topic of protection of adjunct professors who suffer from no job security, no health insurance, low pay, and horrible working conditions. 

 

Higher education professors are teachers just as those educators who are a part of the Teachers Union. Thus, reading stories about the nearly unfair working conditions of adjunct professors, I am persuaded to think that teachers who are part of the Teachers union are justified in their membership because being part of a strong union is what helped establish fair working conditions for them (unlike adjunct professors). 

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not one of my official articles. It is just an interesting article that I discovered to guide me on my track to filitering through sources to find the most valid and interesting ones. 

 

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School District, union reach agreement; teacher raises likely in February

School District, union reach agreement; teacher raises likely in February | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
The Marion County School District and the teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on the 2013-14 contract, though it will likely be February before teacher raises promised by Gov. Rick Scott can be issued.
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The Teachers Union is the one connection between government and education. The struggle to reach a negotiation between policy makers and educators (Teachers Union), fighting for rights and privileges , is a sensitive tug of war. The reality of how much government permeates into education motivates me to investiage further the relationship between government and education through the bridge of the Teachers Union. 

 

DISCLAIMER: This is not one of my official articles/blogs/videos. It is just an interesting blog that I discovered to guide me on my track to filitering through sources to find the most valid and interesting ones. 

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More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers

More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
Adjunct faculty members, considered the working poor of academia, are increasingly turning to the Service Employees International Union to gain higher pay and a semblance of benefits.
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The Teachers Union for primary and secondary education are heavily focused and more hotly debated than unions for adjunct professors. Moreover, the Teachers Union is severely criticized for resulting in “lack of quality” teachers who rest assured in health care benefits and tenure. With so much criticism regarding the Teachers Union, it was extremely easy for me to think that the Teachers Union was completely corrupt and should be eliminated.


However, after having read the poor working conditions, lack of health care, and scarce monetary income of adjunct professors, I am beginning to think that teacher/adjunct unions are not innately and completely rotten. Most adjunct professors have to teach 11 courses to be able to afford to rent a two bedroom apartment; eating out, along with other luxuries, are out of the question. Thus, the strengthening of adjunct unions would allow adjunct professors to receive all of the required benefits they should receive for the teaching they provide.


I am beginning to understand that unions are a resource for people to speak for the rights they have as workers in the United States. However, I think that unions should be monitored because they may strengthen to demand more than what their Constitutional and human rights permit by demanding luxuries at the price of lackadaisical work. Thus, my ultimate question is how unions can exist without becoming corrupt to demand unreasonable luxuries. 

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Teachers, unions unhappy with pension deal, vow legal challenge - Chicago Daily Herald

Teachers, unions unhappy with pension deal, vow legal challenge - Chicago Daily Herald | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
Teachers, unions unhappy with pension deal, vow legal challenge Chicago Daily Herald In the aftermath of the Illinois House and Senate passing pension reform legislation Tuesday, leaders of several suburban teachers unions said they were unhappy...
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Members of the Teachers Union protest because they feel as though the new pension reform legislation has made early retirement impossible. Some teachers have argued that the government can’t expect to attract highly qualified teachers without offering good pension benefits.

 

Once again, the government and the Teachers Union go back and forth. Government requires a strict accountability of teachers that sometimes infringes on working benefits and teachers demand more working benefits, which may seem like asking for too much without offering the necessary quality of education.

 

Throughout my curation, I went back and forth trying to label whether the government or the Teachers Union was completely at fault and corrupt for every failure that teacher accountability experienced. But, I am beginning to realize that not one group is at fault, but both groups are. The government wants to tighten its budget and regulate the U.S. education system to be internationally competitive through strict teacher accountability as one method and the Teachers Union wants to protect and even add onto its working benefits. It is this tit for tat argument that allows for the relative balance of both groups. 

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The New Mayor and the Teachers

The New Mayor and the Teachers | Teachers Union | Scoop.it
Bill de Blasio will need to make difficult changes in the next contract with teachers.
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An aspect of the relationship between government and education is the contract that local governments have with the Teachers Union. Generally, I have understood that government played a significant role in the structuring of the U.S. education system. However, the conclusion that government intervention is always negative has started to become ingrained in my mind.

 

After having read the opinion article, which delineates some of the modifications that teachers will have to endure for the benefits (like health care) that they demand, I began to think that the government could act as a system of checks and balances to keep educators accountable. I was quick to judge government as a corruptive and invasive force. Although this idea of a corrupt government may sometimes prove true, government can also be a source of accountability.

 

I was challenged to see that even through the example of labor agreements, the government and educators come to a negotiation. Better health care plans, better working conditions and hours, and more reasonable pay are demanded of the government. On the other hand, the Teachers Union is pressed to loosen work rules that stifle innovation and favor senior teachers over youngers ones who may be more talented. 

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Karen Lewis: 'Rich white people' to blame for Chicago schools' woes

Read more at http://EAGnews.org Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis claims "rich white people" are to blame for the city's woeful education system a...
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President of the Teachers Union, Karen Lewis expresses the inequity of “rich white men who run U.S. schools.” She expresses how such a dominating group of white men are hypocrites because they seem to express care and concern for minority American children in school, but work to take away the jobs of those children’s parents. Her frustration seems genuine, but is she being a bit parochial? I have seen so many speakers from the Teachers Union speak about the injustices of the education system; however, I rarely find any message of a call to action. Thus, I am beginning to think that the Teachers Union merely complains. Yes, the Teachers Union brings into light issues that others (including the general public and government) would have otherwise ignored if not overtly expressed. But, particularly with Lewis’ message about the unjust white dominance in education, I cannot help but sigh in frustration because I’ve heard this comment about an unfair lack of racial diversity and consideration time and time again, but with no proposed solution. Thus, I wonder if asking for change (a different end result from the usual pattern) is truly effective if no method for change is proposed. Through Lewis’ speech, I am challenged to critique the effectiveness and purpose of the current idea behind what the Teachers Union should be. If the Teachers Union only complains and doesn’t even propose a prospective method of solution, then what good is a union? 

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