The militant threats of UEA President Phyliss Sorensen to strike clearly demonstrate what the teachers union cares about . . . and it isn't improving the ability of our children to compete for the jobs of the future. The union's objection to "merit pay" stems from their desire to protect the lowest common denominator among teachers. Absent a competitive choice( i.e. vouchers), the legislature should make it illegal for public employees to withhold their services.
The militant union leaders reflect badly on the many fine teachers and educators we have in Utah. These good teachers have nothing to fear with competition. As for the arrogant union leaders -- their days are numbered. For our children and grandchildrens' sake, the sooner the better.
Richard H. Headlee
Park City, Utah