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Old 02-28-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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Are the public school teachers in Texas unionized. Are there unions for any of the other public employees ?(cops and fireman not withstanding)
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Amarillo, TX
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Yes. Welcome to TSTA Though the results say they represent teachers affiliated with a National something something, so I'm not sure if ALL teachers are unionized.

We have other public employee unions, but I don't know how widespread they are. TSEU/CWA 6186
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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TSTA is not a union....it's an 'organization' and membership is by choice...it really serves very little purpose except to give you legal advice if you get in professional trouble. It's affiliated with NEA which is also optional. There are a couple of other small teachers organizations but many teachers don't belong to anything at all. Texas is a 'right to work' state so unions are not an important factor here. Teacher contracts are done strictly at the local (ISD) level and the organizations have no connection or influence on them at all. If there were teachers' unions in Texas, do you think they'd be working for $27,320 a year and be expected to put in the hours and perform all the extra duties they do, plus pay for their own insurance and their own retirement fund? I think not. Some districts offer more than others, but there is certainly no organization forcing them to do so.

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Old 02-28-2011, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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TSTA is not a union....it's an 'organization' and membership is by choice...it really serves very little purpose except to give you legal advice if you get in professional trouble. It's affiliated with NEA which is also optional. There are a couple of other small teachers organizations but many teachers don't belong to anything at all. Texas is a 'right to work' state so unions are not an important factor here. Teacher contracts are done strictly at the local (ISD) level and the organizations have no part it them at all.

^^^^Exactly right. Texas is a right to work state. Therefore, unions do not have near if any power here like they do in the northeast, midwest, and California. The unions have a stranglehold in/on those areas.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:40 AM
 
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Yeah, i'm glad unions never got working people: 40hr weeks, health benefits, safe working conditions or any of that crazy stuff! I'd much rather trust the kind and compassionate corporate bosses. Yeah. I know they like to give themselves ungodly raises while their workers go on food stamps, but at least we ain't got to hear them unionizers whine!
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:08 AM
 
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^^^^Exactly right. Texas is a right to work state. Therefore, unions do not have near if any power here like they do in the northeast, midwest, and California. The unions have a stranglehold in/on those areas.
Yes, quite a "stranglehold"...LOL....Who told you that? FOX news?
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Hopefully no, right to work state
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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There is AFGE for Federal employees, and the State and Municipal Union for state/local government employees.

Overall union membership in Texas is NOT what it is in otehr states, thank goodness...
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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The only unions I have ever heard of in Texas are the ones related to the airline industry - pilots, flight attendants, etc.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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GM plant has unions--that is why all those people moved down from the plants in other states

there are fire and police unions in the larger towns like FTW and Dallas and Houston

there are petrochemical plants along the coast in Houston and Beaumont and Corpus area that have unions
some cities have unionized plumbers and electricians for construction work

it just depends on the industry
Googled for Texas unions and got this out of many
XPDNC - Texas Labor Links

note that eventhough there are teachers unions on that list that the American Federation of Teachers or other teacher unions have really nothing to do with contracts in TX--while they may support teachers and their attempts to have better working conditions or higher pay having them lobby the Legislature or ISDs usually is more harmful than helpful
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