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Quotation of the day on the fallacy that teachers unions strike for ‘the kids’… – Publications – AEI

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AEI Quotation of the day on the fallacy that teachers unions strike for ‘the kids’… …. is from Jason Riley’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal “Teachers Unions Don’t Really Strike for ‘the Kids’“: When the United Auto Workers walk off the job, no one pretends that they are acting in the interests of car buyers. Everyone knows union members want better wages, benefits, working conditions and job protections, and going on strike is an effective way to exert pressure on employers. The calculation is no different when teachers strike. Unions like the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and their thousands of state and local affiliates exist for the same reason as the UAW: to advance the interests of dues-paying members. Yet striking public school teachers

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Quotation of the day on the fallacy that teachers unions strike for ‘the kids’…

…. is from Jason Riley’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street JournalTeachers Unions Don’t Really Strike for ‘the Kids’“:

When the United Auto Workers walk off the job, no one pretends that they are acting in the interests of car buyers. Everyone knows union members want better wages, benefits, working conditions and job protections, and going on strike is an effective way to exert pressure on employers.

The calculation is no different when teachers strike. Unions like the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and their thousands of state and local affiliates exist for the same reason as the UAW: to advance the interests of dues-paying members. Yet striking public school teachers and their union representatives insist they are acting on behalf of the children. We’re expected to believe that the priorities of education workers are perfectly aligned with those of students.

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Teachers unions are unions first, not reformers or student advocates. Their real agenda—their only agenda—is to protect their members by any means possible. No matter what those picket signs said, the unions weren’t helping students. They were using them.

Quotation of the day on the fallacy that teachers unions strike for ‘the kids’…
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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