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Miami Teacher Union’s Desperate Legal Move May Backfire

The teacher union power struggle in Miami-Dade County highlights the union overreach and mismanagement that's become all too common

The spectacle unfolding in Miami-Dade County Public Schools is yet another classic case of a teacher union grasping at straws to hold onto power, even if it means jeopardizing the very existence of any union representation for its members. In an act of sheer desperation, the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) has resorted to legal gymnastics that could very well spell its own doom. The irony? The UTD’s legal gambit could backfire spectacularly, potentially stripping its members of any union representation in a bid to block a burgeoning rival union from challenging its dominance.

This whole debacle is a textbook example of the kind of union overreach and mismanagement that’s become all too common. The UTD’s objection to the Miami-Dade Education Coalition’s inclusion in the recertification election is not just legally baseless; it’s an affront to the democratic process within the workplace. Florida‘s new law mandating recertification votes was designed to hold unions accountable and ensure they truly represent the interests of their members. Yet, the UTD is ostensibly fighting to represent teachers, but in reality, fighting to preserve its stranglehold over them, irrespective of what the teachers actually want or need.

The law was clear: unions whose membership dips below a certain threshold need to prove they still have the backing of their constituents. Instead of rising to the challenge and demonstrating its value to its members, the UTD is playing legal games, potentially disenfranchising those it claims to serve. This isn’t about protecting teachers; it’s about protecting union bosses and their control over education in Miami-Dade.

What the UTD fails to realize is that their actions highlight exactly why such recertification laws are necessary. Their fear of competition from the Miami-Dade Education Coalition isn’t just about losing dues; it’s about losing their unchecked influence over education policy, often at the expense of teachers’ real needs and interests. The Coalition’s emergence is a direct response to years of union complacency and political maneuvering that has done little to advance the welfare of teachers and school staff.

In their arrogance, the UTD leaders have potentially engineered their own downfall, illustrating the pernicious grip that teacher unions often have on our education system. It’s a grip that prioritizes political agendas and union bureaucracy over the welfare of educators and, by extension, our children’s education. The saga at Miami-Dade is a stark reminder of the urgent need for reform and accountability within teachers’ unions. It’s high time that the focus returns to supporting educators and ensuring that our schools are places of learning, not battlegrounds for union power plays.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.