Right-to-work bill seemingly would weaken labor unions
Sound Off, Don Heinzman Blog – Let’s start with the premise that the Republican Party of Minnesota wants to weaken labor unions.
How else can you explain the Right-to-Work bill going through the Minnesota Legislature? The IR says it’s to boost the economy but it really would weaken the labor union because laborers could choose not to join the union of the company that has the job.
Since the laborer could choose not to pay the dues, the union would have less money needed to stay organized and be effective.
Ah, the union would have less money to defeat Republicans in elections.
The Republican Party also doesn’t like Education Minnesota, the biggest organized labor union of teachers in the state.
So it’s picking away at teachers by suggesting that they can’t pass a basic skills test and by suggesting there are a lot of bad teachers in classrooms because of the seniority system.
Come on. How many “bad” ones are being protected? Did you have a “bad” teacher? I didn’t. Some were better than others. I haven’t seen any numbers on how many “bad” teachers are hurting our students.
Republicans are smart. They say they really don’t want to get rid of the seniority system, they just want other factors to be considered in getting rid of a teacher, such as test scores and teacher effectiveness, what ever that is?
This is the old piecemeal approach where you weaken one part of the law and eventually you swallow the whole.
The public doesn’t get excited about “bad” teachers until their child has one. In a poll cited by Education Minnesota, only four percent of the public cited low-quality teachers as the most important problem in Minnesota schools.
Where is the public outrage? Where is the clamor to water down the seniority for teachers?
Republican legislators are marching in lock step to weaken unions; don’t be fooled when you hear them say. “This is all for the kids.” – DON HEINZMAN