Without collective bargaining, teachers earn more money but also pay more for health benefits, writes Mike Petrilli on Flypaper. He crunched data collected by the National Council on Teacher Quality for more than 100 of the largest districts in each of the 50 states.
Maximum pay for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree averages $64,500 in districts without collective bargaining compared to $57,500 for a similar teacher with bargaining rights, Petrilli concluded. (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia don’t allow collective bargaining.) However, “non-collective bargaining districts drive a harder bargain when it comes to health care: Just one-third of those districts offer free insurance to employees, versus one-half of those with bargaining rights.”