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The video is not correct in that unions are mandatory. My husband opted out of his several years ago. They are very difficult to get out of, though.
At the end of it all, our state is so close to bankrupt that he could end up working for years and not even receive a pension (to which we would contribute if we could, but financially have been unable to) at all, because they'd be unable to pay. You also need to understand that their salaries (in our state at least, it is different in others) is SPREAD out so that they continue to get paid over the summer. They get paid on a 9 month salary, spread out over 12, not the other way around. Some states don't pay their teachers over the summer at all; they just have to save over the school year to survive the summer, or get a lump sum in June to budget over the summer.
While I will agree with you that Unions are not ideal, I will say that your comments about teachers is pretty off, at least from my experience. I am married to a middle school teacher and he makes nowhere NEAR 52K per year and while he has benefits, they are not FREE!! They come out of his check and we pay a pretty penny for them, and like everything else these days, we are now paying more for them! Even his benefits are not free. He works more in a 9 month period than many people work in 12, when you consider he goes in before, stays after, has to grade papers, etc. at home, for which he is NOT paid. While many jobs receive a cost of living raise every year, he has not seen this in at least 4 years.
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