Since Drew and I have both gone through layoffs in the past 6 months I thought I’d share a little info on unions. It seems like people don’t really understand them…. and I know I didn’t when I came here. Here’s a few facts:
- Seniority is everything. Your hire date is everything in a layoff.
- Your seniority date entirely trumps the fact that you are a good or bad teacher. Had a lot of complaints? It doesn’t matter, because you have tenure and you bascailly can’t be fired. This is the same for nurses (although the hospital tends to be a bit more proactive on firings… seems like you’d have to kill a kid to get fired from the school district… Ok, not quite, but it does seem extreme).
- Our district is only laying off elementary music teachers, but because they have the same credential as Drew they could “bump” him. Again, because seniority is everything.
- Your union mostly puts your money to political races. Every time we’ve had a layoff I don’t feel like our union is doing much to protect us. I do think we get about 20 fliers a week between our two unions when we’re having an election, telling us how to vote. Because of this, I am considering donating my union dues to charity… although, they haven’t been entirely forthright with how this occurs, etc.
Anyway, there’s some info on unions you may or may not have known beforehand.
Are you union? Do you wish you were?