Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Unionized Teachers Paid Not to Work Need Respect Too

Like the jobs bank for idle Big Three autoworkers, the “rubber rooms” in New York City house unionized teachers who are being paid not to work. But those teachers want respect, the New York Post reports: “Claiming the United Federation of Teachers has been slow to defend members in trouble, the teachers are also asking that union officials stop referring to the centers as rubber rooms, saying it is offensive.”

Fortunately for New York, one man is not going to tolerate the city’s education problems anymore. Unfortunately, the Post reports, that man is the Rev. Al Sharpton. And the Rev is teaming up with the United Federation of Teachers, the union whose defense of teacher tenure keeps the rubber rooms bulging.

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