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National Hall of Fame teacher inductee Alan Haskvitz looks at the reasons for negative feelings about teacher unions, and offers recommendations for improving their image and positive impact.

The news is full of articles expressing hate for teacher unions. From inane comments posted on Yahoo Answers, to newsletters from conservative organizations such as the Fordham Foundation, to TeacherNet’s political chatboard comments, to union members unhappy with the way the union leadership funds political issues, the froth and ferment comes forth in acidic batches.

So how did this come about? Historically, unions have never been popular with business and industry leaders. The reason is simple enough, it is about who gets the power – whether that be how problems are handled, or who gets a raise. Indeed some states, called Right to Work States, have even made it nearly impossible for unions to get a foothold... [click below to read the rest.]

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