How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan’s Best Teachers

By Tom Gantert, Michigan Capitol Confidential

Every year the teachers union local at the Birmingham school district requests nominations for its “Teacher of the Year” award. Yet the district itself did not designate a single one of its 624 teachers as “highly effective” in its 2013-14 staff evaluations, the most recent released by the state.

National Teachers Union Boasts of Having ‘Conservative’ Members While Undermining Their Values

By Tom Gantert, Michigan Capitol Confidential

The agenda for the National Education Association’s recent annual conference may surprise those who thought the big school employee union’s mission was to represent teachers in the workplace. It was in fact a political agenda dominated by buzzwords of the left: “social justice,” “institutional racism,” “family planning clinics,” and “climate disruption.”

Should SCOTUS Limit the Power of Public-Sector Unions?

By Gary Shapiro, American Spectator

My father was a sixth-grade teacher active in his teacher union’s leadership. He instilled in me the value of unions. They helped our nation lead and prosper. Unions got laws passed limiting child labor, ensuring safe working conditions and compensating workers with a defined workweek and overtime pay.