It wasn’t that long ago in this country that the thoughts of cutting back on entitlements and “anything” regarding union benefits was off limits. But the incredible surge of energy and popular movements like the Tea Party and the courageous moves by leaders like Gov Scott Walker, Gov Mitch Daniels have shown regular people that we do have power.
Talks about entitlement reform, pension reform, state workers benefit reform… were next to impossible, but we have seen the shift from “NO reform” to a negotiation of “how much reform”. Still not everything I would like to see (pensions based on last three years of employment… WTF???) but still it is progress. There will be window dressing reforms like our Gov’s Flagman/Police detail sham, but there has also been some real reform in state’s which are true two party states.
But this story may mean there’s a chink in the armor here in MA…
Unions won’t oppose teacher-seniority measure
Seniority’s role would be cut
The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts scrapped plans to fight legislation that would reduce the role of seniority in teacher staffing decisions and instead will remain neutral on the issue, the state’s second-largest teachers union announced Wednesday.
I’m sure there is still a large group of politicians in the pockets of Labor, but maybe they are hearing the loud voices of many citizens who are tired of the out of date excuses of why some dogma of the past (teacher seniority) is not valid anymore. Maybe we can see some changes that truly would have impact since teaching our children is the goal of education, right… as opposed to not upsetting the applecart of union teachers. I would guess that if we could give some teachers who blog on this site some “truth serum” and asked about some of the more “senior” teachers, they would point to many who should be dropped in favor of some younger, energetic, brilliant superstars.
Scott Walker is the latest leader who has created an environment where citizens can expect results or make changes and not be stuck with what they inherited. He’s given people more power and they reconfirmed their original vote for him which I think shows they support his methods and direction. Another great move by him is allowing teachers and other union members to NOT pay union dues instead of the unAmerican rules we have now which forces teachers to pay the dues whether they like it or not (how can Liberals support such a rule?).
I hope this US and MA trend continues through 2012 and beyond…