Monday, October 09, 2006

Teachers union rejects $400,000 to bolster own pay

HERE is a Tennesseean article about a private donor who offered to contribute $400,000 to fund a pilot program that would pay certain Metro Nashville teachers a bonus if their performance was better than average. The details are sketchy about number of votes cast but clearly the union leadership doesn't want this type of incentive pay implemented. Why?. The major reason unions exist is to better the pay of members. If union members find that they, like the 90% of non-union private sector workers, can improve their pay by working harder and doing a better job all by themselves without the help of the union, then paying union dues become a bit more difficult to justify.