Would Stronger Unions Get Teachers an Even Better Deal?

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Teachers in Arizona demonstrated at the Capitol in Phoenix as the legislature discussed a budget that included raises for teachers. Credit Matt York/Associated Press

Reprinted from The New York Times by  on May 5, 2018.

On Thursday, a weeklong walkout by teachers in Arizona resulted in a major victory, as the state’s governor approved a 10 to 20 percent wage increase and a significant investment in public schools.

That followed a roughly $6,000 salary increase that Oklahoma teachers won by threatening a walkout (and later following through). Which in turn came on the heels of a 5 percent raise for teachers in West Virginia, who had shut down schools for almost two weeks. …

That all this took place in so-called right-to-work states, where the power of unions is limited, raises some interesting questions: Do weak unions go hand-in-hand with more effective political activism? Would strong organized labor prevent teachers from getting their way? After all, in Wisconsin, a state where unions were famously powerful, public sector workers suffered a historic defeat at the hands of Governor Scott Walker in 2011. …

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