Finding 3 (continued)

In addition, the survey found that there is rising concern among teachers that unions too often protect ineffective teachers, doubling the number of those strongly agreeing with that concern between 2003 and today (see Figure 12). And although unions do not set tenure policy (such policy is implemented by each state), Gen Y teachers perceive unions as entities that protect tenured teachers more than untenured. As one teacher from North Carolina stated, “So that’s one drawback of the union is that people, kind of like with tenure, we were talking about people getting away with not doing as much, a union allows that to happen in some respects.”

“I’ve never needed the union but when I do…, if I ever do need them, it’s really nice to know that they’re there.” —Elementary Teacher, Wisconsin

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