Most teachers aren’t in a union

Union membership has dipped below 50 percent for U.S. teachers, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That includes public and private K-12 teachers.

Union membership hit 57.5 percent in 1983, but began falling in 1995, reports Education Intelligence Agency. While America’s schools added almost a million and a quarter new teachers in the last 18 years, “teachers’ unions added fewer than 345,000 new members, for a rate of 27.8 percent.”

Will the teachers’ unions be able to maintain their influence on education policy?

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  1. PhillipMArlowe says:

    Reminds me of the Groucho line:
    “Where’s all those farmer’s daughters that I have been hearing about for years.”

  2. Since any teacher who wants to *can* join a union, one might wonder why more than half have chosen *not* to.

  3. You apparently missed the fact that they’re counting private school teachers. Moreover, charters are blocking unionization attempts. Then there are the states that either don’t have unions or ban collective bargaining.

    So a good chunk of that 50% have no choice.

    Then, of course, there are the weirdos who go through all sorts of idiotic contortions to get their few hundred dollars back, just so they can brag about it.

    • “Moreover, charters are blocking unionization attempts.”

      Via the use of voodoo, no doubt.

      Or perhaps in the same sense as Volkswagen blocked an attempt by the UAW to unionize their factory in Tennessee.

      In any case, it’s nice to see that unions are losing ground even in the government sector, the part of the economy that was supposed to save the whole, misbegotten movement.

  4. Mike in Texas says:

    Does that also include states where there are no teachers’ unions, such as Texas?

    • Is there an answer to my question about how “charters are blocking unionization attempts” in your post or are you so upset that noble unions are losing ground everywhere that you simply can’t force yourself to come to grips with the situation?

      More likely it’s just that the answer’s unacceptable, i.e. charters are such pleasant places to work, by comparison to the sausage factories run by most school districts, that the teachers who work in charters don’t want unions coming in and screwing things up.