The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have indicated they would consider striking if schools reopen without proper safety protections (“Will Unions Let Schools Reopen?” The Wall Street Journal, June 30). But leave it to union busters to conflate that legitimate concern with unfunded pension obligations.
With revenues plummeting because of Covid 19, states will be forced to slash spending, which means that unless Washington steps in with additional funding, teachers will likely be asked to increase their pension contributions, have their salaries frozen, or see their colleagues laid off. So what is really behind the threat of a strike is not safety concerns but financial ones, according to union busters.
Once again teachers’ unions are depicted as the villains who are interested primarily in what is good for them. But the truth is that teachers have carried out their end of the bargain by contributing to their defined-benefit plans. The hole exists because state legislators have not done their part. Trying to link school safety with pension obligations is outrageous.
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