Over at Quick and the Ed, Kevin Carey turns in a lengthy post, replete with percentages and bullet points, that draws lessons from Ed Sector's newest report, Waiting to Be Won Over. His second sentence shocks, then awes, then shocks again:
In recent decades, America has experienced a steady de-unionization of the private sector workforce. This is a real problem, particularly in an era of declining economic security and increasing inequality (problems that partially stem from de-unionization itself).
To??assert that??the loss of jobs in, say,??Michigan and Ohio stems from de-unionization??certainly has originality going for it, if not much veracity. To??maintain that the??steady decline of Ford and General Motors--neither of which can compete with Japanese car makers in large part because they pay something like $2200 more in labor costs per car than does Toyota--is??the??product??of de-unionization is... well, it's definitely new.??
Further down the post, Carey writes about public sector unions??and notes "the??fact that most teacher are quite open to reforms of traditional labor arrangements that many teachers unions fail to actively support at best, and oppose at worst."
His first example is that "55% [of teachers] agreed that the process for removing teachers who are ???clearly ineffective and shouldn't be in the classroom' is ???very difficult and time-consuming.'" Somehow, this statistic??doesn't??transport me to joyfulness. That just over half of k-12 educators find "very difficult and time-consuming"??the Byzantine process of attempting to fire a??public-school teacher is, instead, a tad??depressing.??It doesn't say much for the teachers themselves,...