Saturday, November 18, 2017
The Loss Of Collective Barganing Hurts Teacher Retention. And Student Academic Achievement.
Its been six years since Wisconsin eliminated collective bargaining rights for civil servants, known as Act 10. This included teachers, and it has resulted in significant changes to teacher recruitment and retention throughout the state. Here are some of the findings.
Teachers saw a sharp drop in benefits, averaging 21%. This includes Health Care and Pensions. The reduction in benefits has also affected school districts to attract the best and brightest to the teaching profession.
Teacher Salaries Less:
Since the passage of Act 10, the average medium teacher salary has been reduced by 2.6% In rural areas the low teacher salaries has experienced an outflow of new teachers with 25% leaving the district within five years.
Teachers Leaving The Profession:
Before the passage of Act 10, the average rate of teachers leaving the profession was 6.4%. Since Act 10's passage the average leave rate is 8.8%. The result is a less experienced teaching staff for many school districts.
Teachers Jumping To Other School Districts:
Before the passage of Act 10, teachers transferring between once school district to another was only 1.3%. Since Act 10's passage the transfer rate has shot up to 3.4%, a 262% increase! The result is that poorer and rural school districts quickly lose their best teachers to richer and suburban school districts who can offer more money and better benefits.
Union Representation Decreasing:
In 2011, before the passage of Act 10, the union participation rate was 16.1% in 2016 it has decreased to only 9% Wisconsin has become a "right to work state" and unions are struggling to stay relevant.
Student Academic Achievement Hurt:
A study has shown that the loss of teacher collective bargaining rights have affected student academic achievement. Chalkbeat published the report and can be found Here. The reduction was more significant in low achieving schools in poor urban and rural areas who are having trouble retaining teachers.
In the years since Act 10 passed, Brey said her union has adapted by becoming more active on the local level, and offering more training and other services to make membership more appealing for teachers.
Our Disconnected Union Leadership:
You would think with the almost certain elimination of dues checkoff for unions, starting the next school year, our union would be trying to reach out to the members by being proactive. Like eliminating Fair Student Funding, The ending of the ATR pool by placing all excessed teachers in vacancies in their district before other teachers can be hired. Push to remove vindictive principals, and remove Charlotte Danielson as a rubric for teacher evaluation. Instead, our disconnected union leadership ignores the opposition at the Executive Board and the Delegate Assembly and vote, based on the leadership's wishes and not what's best for the members.
I would not be surprised that the union will see a vast reduction in dues collected , maybe over a 50% reduction and all ATRs will no longer pay the dues since they and we feel unrepresented.