AlwaysAttend, I really am still not understanding your perspective. In terms of charters, it just seems like you have 2 views that aren't compatible. You started this thread saying that teachers need to be paid well. I think you are also saying that you believe in charters. You state that charters have high turn over because teachers are treated poorly. I don't see how that is the solution to what you identify as the unique needs of the US. To me a solution has to work for all players to be a sustainable solution. What I am asking is what specifically are the unique needs of the US that make it different from every other country in the world and what about charters, in your view, makes them the solution? In terms of unions, even in Canada, we have significant limits. For example, we can't just strike once a month (like was suggested in the other thread). There are very specific rules for striking. We have to be without a contract for a specific amount of time, then we have to vote for a strike, then the union has to file something about its intent to strike, then we strike. Then if the province orders us back to work, we have to go back and we can't strike again. Sick outs are also illegal and are considered labour action - which has to follow the laws on labour actions/ strikes. If we did that our union leadership can face significant legal consequences both in terms of the union as a whole and as individuals. The union also can't ask us to do something when we aren't in a strike position. So, for example, teachers are upset about a change our District made and some asked if we could organize to not attend a specific event (since it is outside of our contract hours and it is not a contractual obligation) but we aren't allowed to organize an action outside of a strike. And our unions do take the government to court when necessary. In BC we took them to the Supreme Court and won but the government can still limit the rights of unions. They just change the law when they don't like what unions are doing or they don't like us winning a ruling.