I am a public school teacher. I am NOT a liberal/progressive nut case. The AFT is the worst thing to ever happen to our district. It "negotiates" for a non-binding written policy statement. The union leaders sit on their butts and do nothing except earn a lot of money. I do NOT belong to the union. Thank God I'm in a district that allows me the choice to belong or not. Personally, I would prefer a 401k plan instead of the pension plan we have. I believe the district would be much better off without the union and those of us who DO TEACH and CARE ABOUT EDUCATION, could get back to teaching. Not all teachers are bad. The majority really care and hate the unions too. We also hate the current unnecessary gov't rules that LEAVE STUDENTS BEHIND!