It can be very difficult to find a teacher to serve as Chapter Chair (teachers’ union leader) at LAUSD schools.
There are meetings off campus to attend and they are not on school time. Teachers with problems come to the union leader to share and to vent. The leader is supposed to sit in with the school administrator and the teacher for a discussion of those problems.
And dealing with principals.
Some principals are so powerful, if not mean, no one wants to deal with them while serving as chapter chair. These principals can affect reprisals against the chapter chair with impunity.
Sometimes a teacher will take the chapter chair position because they have an ax to grind and make the waters so rough for the other teachers.
From what I have heard, the local area representatives, a paid position, are not overly helpful to teachers having issues with principals. Just look at how UTLA didn’t handle the situations of hundreds of teachers in teacher jails.
Once again I write that the bureaucracy of the teachers’ union mirrors the bureaucracy of the school district—the members of each bureaucracy are trying not to ruffle the waters in order to protect their P’s: positions, perks, privileges, and pensions.
Have you ever heard of a downtown bureaucrat returning to work at a school?
Have you ever heard of a union bureaucrat returning to the classroom?