WA Senate bill exposes how union power hurts neediest students

By Jami Lund | Freedom Foundation

A recent tug-of-war in the Washington Senate shows how the interests of adults are different from the interests of students, and how making important decisions in secret collective bargaining sessions can harm students.

The Senate on Feb. 18 considered legislation to address how teachers are evaluated and staff assignments are made. The current practice is defined in collective bargaining agreements between school boards and union officials in school districts across the state.

Union-won contracts almost always require district mangers to allow teachers to choose where they work based upon seniority. Of course adult employees want the luxury of moving to the fun jobs and easy schools once they have enough seniority, but this practice does not serve students well.

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