Anyone catching this series on MSNBC? From the little I've seen, combined with my knowledge, I'd say that if the teachers were to dump the unions, we would be immensely better off. A young teacher today, was saying how more time is needed to help some students. Unions will not allow it. A commentator told a story of a union rep calling a teacher at home asking her if she was assigning home work (she was), he told her to stop as they do not do that at her school as time is not allowed to grade the papers. Locally, I was listening to someone mentioning how hot it was in the classroom during teacher parent conference. The school did not have the AC on (new school), because other schools in the district did not have AC (union). I recall some wicked school decisions based on union influence that have appeared in this forum, which has left me wondering why teachers don't dump their unions...........oh yea, they are afraid of losing their jobs. I'm not anti-union, I've taken the industrial relations and management courses, seen Norma Rae, etc. I just don't see atrocities taking place in a school work environment which calls for union representation. The vast majority of teachers are good, they do not have to hide behind unions. Time for teachers to decertify. Anyone oppose to that?