Teachers’ union is an organization of teachers that is formed to protect teachers’ rights. It is a strong, unified advocating body for teachers.
It has an interest in the functioning of the overall education system. It is comprised of professionals deeply interested in and passionate about the education system.
It collectively bargain contracts, follow policies reviewed and created by school boards. It works to protect the interests and rights of teachers.
Pros of the Teachers’ Union
- It protects teachers from evolving political perspectives
When there is a change in power, the Republicans may see the purpose of education in different ways. The teachers’ unions come in place to counter the differences by providing a consistent foundation from which to work.
- It protects teachers from dangers of probation
It guarantees the process of rights that ensures a complete review of employment status if the quality of the teacher’s work comes in question.
- It helps bring teachers, administrators and parents together
When people can work together from a safe environment, they can do good work and bring productive results. It is important for the child to feel the presence of teachers, administrators, and parents in their learning. This will make them know that everyone has a common goal towards their education.
- It enhances the performance of the school
The schools with unions tend to perform better than the schools without unions. The schools tend to produce better consistent results. In Singapore, schools that are under unions tend to perform better than the schools that are not under the unions.
- Union fee can be deducted from teacher’s taxes
Teachers who are under the unions pay monthly fees in order for them to receive the representation. There is also an annual maintenance fee that is paid as well. The charges are often tax-deductible.
- Teachers are able to speak on policies without being reprisal
The presence of unions allows teachers to express their thoughts to the administration without necessarily fearing the consequences as they are protected by the union.
- It allows teachers’ job protection
The unions allow teachers to receive protection of their job and this makes them work without fear as they know that they cannot easily be sacked without a legal procedure being followed.
- Teachers get assistance with contract and labor negotiations
Teachers are able to get assistance from the unions when it comes to contract and labor negotiations hence they cannot easily be overworked.
Cons of Teachers’ Unions
- It can limit educational opportunities in the community
The unions may put pressure on the administrators to strike and this may make the learners not be taught hence bringing the education levels of the community down.
- Collective bargains can be in effect for a long period of time
Some bargaining powers may not be good and they take a long time for them to be changed. During this time teachers may suffer in the hands of the unions.
- Unions ask teachers to perform specific functions without consultation
The teachers may be asked to perform tasks that they do not want and this may make them do as the union requires as it protects them.
- It can change the learning process in the classroom
The unions may allow teachers not to do good work in the classroom as they are protected by the unions hence affecting the performance of the learners.
- The unions can spend money on non-educational needs
This may make the money to be used in the wrong fields and leaves the core point where the money is to be used hence it can encourage corruption.
- Taxpayers do not receive direct representation during the negotiations
The unions do not represent the taxpayers fully during the negotiations and this may make teachers to be taxed highly.
- A teacher may be removed from a school by the union
The unions have powers to detect which teacher to teach in a certain school. The union may use a lot of money to ensure that the teacher they do not want has been removed from a certain school.
- The union may fail to represent the teachers fully
The unions at times may not represent the teachers fully and this may make the teachers be left alone in the hands of the government where they cannot defend themselves hence they can easily be interdicted.
- High union fees
There are high fees for the unions and this makes the teachers to be deducted a lot of money which is not fully put into the right use.
Teachers’ unions are good as they protect the teachers’ rights and this makes the teachers feel secure when they are carrying out their duties hence able to do a meaningful job that leads to good performance in schools.