It should not have come as a surprise to anyone but the union bosses when on September 12, 2013 teachers by a margin of two to one voted to decertify their union in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The message is that when workers have a choice, the union loses.
According to a press release by the Competitive Enterprise Institute:
The news today proves what unions have long feared - that when workers are actually given a free and fair choice, they will often choose opt out of union membership altogether.
The public at large—and an increasing number of union members—have become wise to the fact labor unions stifle innovation and burden governments and businesses with unsustainable costs and regulations.
During the last few years teachers unions have been losing power in America as they began to be impacted by charter schools, vouchers programs and parents who began taking their children out of public schools and taking on the responsibility of educating them at home.
Another factor that teachers unions could not control was the revolution in information technology that transformed the way that people could obtain knowledge. That impacted every level of education, from kindergarten to advanced degrees at universities. The traditional ways of obtaining an education and in a growing number of ways teacher who belonged to a union became increasingly irrelevant.
The message that came through loud and clear in Kenosha is that the end of the teachers unions is in sight . The NEA may still win a few battles here and there but they will continue to lose their political clout as the message becomes clear to members: they don’t have to support the lifestyle of the union bosses anymore while regaining control of their own profession.