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John Thompson: A Letter to a Young Teacher and Walkout Leader

July 8, 2018

I recall a conversation I had in the late 1990s with a fellow baby-boomer union president who lamented the fact that the younger teachers had no appreciation for the work that went into creating unions and the work that was necessary to sustain them. This article does a great job of outlining the uphill battles unions fought since that time… battles with BOTH political parties.

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JOhn Thompson, retired teacher in Oklahoma, explains to a young teacher who led the walkout in Oklahoma why unions are still necessary.

A Letter to a Young Teacher Walkout Leader

The New York Times’ Dana Goldstein and Erica Green report that “about 70 percent of the nation’s 3.8 million public school teachers belong to a union or professional association,” but that is “down from 79 percent in the 1999-2000 school year.” The Supreme Court’s Janus decision could mean the loss of tens of thousands of union members (or more) and tens of millions of dollars that would otherwise promote education and other efforts to help our students and families.

The Goldstein and Green report:

The teachers who led the protests first gathered supporters on Facebook, sometimes with little help from union officials. But the state and national unions stepped in with organizing and lobbying muscle — and money — that…

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