Let's first look at what a UNION is. It is a COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT. Hmm BARGAINING, that implies an exchange of some sort between parties. Each side has something to give.
TEACHERS have their knowledge and education to give. They are compensated because of their ability to share what they have. LPS has all the money. They have been charged with making sure that kids get education.
So we negotiate a contract where we make that happen. The problem is it's just not happening enough. Our needs for time and money are running in opposite directions.
There is a silent partner in this BARGAINING PROCESS. That partner is the KIDS and they are being held hostage by that process and are the ones paying the price.
The responsibility for this ransom is not equally shared despite the distorted perceptions. Teachers are also parents and their kids live in the community, maybe not ours but they can appreciate the relationship, the need.
The administration, on the other hand, maintains its control of the status control by limiting the dispensation of our own money (tax dollars) so encouraging the use of volunteers would introduce a whole group of people that would be subject to a limited amount of control.
So in order to maintain control, you BLAME the other guy, "THOSE DARN UNIONS". A REAL leader finds a way to make it work. Right now our kids are paying the price for these shell games.