Entries by Erica Mitchell

Star-Ledger Editorial Board Cites Sunlight Report in Scathing Editorial on Excessive Pay for NJEA Leadership

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on theSunlight Policy Center of New Jersey blog. Kudos to the Star-Ledger Editorial Board for their scathing criticism of the excessive pay for NJEA leadership.  The Star-Ledger continues to publish well researched, courageous and truthful editorials about the facts of the NJEA leadership’s compensation. The Board drew extensively from […]

Why Opt Out? — One Teacher’s Story

Editor’s note: Lauren is a 2nd grade teacher. We asked her why she decided to opt out of her teacher’s union. Here is her story. It’s Monday morning and my alarm goes off at 4:55am to start another week. I’m already exhausted. I quickly get ready, grab my lunch, and throw my bags in the […]

In LA, unions are winning at the expense of kids

By: Larry Sand Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Spectator World. Service Employees International Union Local 99 staged a three-day walkout in Los Angeles last week after negotiations failed. SEIU, which represents about 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, special education assistants, etc. called for a strike if their demands were not met […]

Financial Impact of Opting Out: Weighing the Pros and Cons

As a teacher or education professional in the U.S. public school system, one of the most significant choices you might face is whether to leave your union. It’s a decision that involves your personal feelings, beliefs, and some pretty practical stuff too. One of the most important things to think about is how this choice […]

Alternatives to Union Representation: What Are Your Options?

Teachers unions have historically played a critical role in protecting teachers’ rights and ensuring fair treatment. However, it’s important to know that unions are not the only path for representation. In this article, we’ll explore alternative organizations and other forms of representation that offer distinct advantages, whether it be a more personalized approach, flexibility, or […]

Why do I need an opt out letter?

You are free to choose whether to join and support a union. If you decide that union membership is not right for you and the organization you work for has a collective bargaining agreement, you have a right to be represented fairly, in good faith, and without discrimination in all matters related to the agreement whether you are a union member or not.