How Collective Bargaining is Negatively Impacting Teachers and Students


If you’re a teacher, your collective bargaining might be negatively impacting you and your students more than you think.

Collective bargaining can create what is known as “Wage Compression,” where teacher that may not get paid as well get an extra bump. That may sound like a positive, but in order to make that happen, the wages of the most productive must be cut, meaning the ones that work the hardest actually end up getting paid less.

But that’s not all. According to Front Page Mag:

Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute takes it one step further, claiming CBAs hurt the bottom line of all teachers. According to Petrilli, “Teachers in non-collective bargaining districts actually earn more than their union-protected peers – $64,500 on average versus $57,500.” 

Mike Petrilli, as quoted by Larry Sand in Front Page Mag

The quality of teachers is also compromised with collective bargaining. In fact,

There is a “34 percent increase in the quality of teachers moving from salary-schedule to individual-salary districts, and a 17 percent decrease in the quality of teachers exiting individual-salary districts.”

Barbara Biasi, an assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management, as quoted by Larry Sand in Front Page Mag

So it’s not just the teachers that suffer from collective bargaining in schools, it’s also the students. Learn more ways in which collective bargaining is negatively impacting teachers and students, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, by reading the full article here.

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