(Union in quotation marks because Virginia is a non-union state, so I think it's officially a trade association) Long story short... I have a parent in my room with a long history of bullying teachers, staff, and administration at multiple schools, and here it is, fourteen school days into the year, and I'm already tired of dealing with it. Between receiving several long lists of demands (including multiple contradictory demands such as keeping the student in one seat, and also moving the student's seat to the precise spot of the parent's choosing), being verbally attacked for 35 minutes at Back to School Night, and (confirmed) instances of the parent attempting to "poison the well" against me to other parents. Fortunately, my administration has my back, and the other parents seem to taking what the parent is saying with a grain of salt, but there have already been threats of going to upper level administration, or the courts, if I do not meet every demand in a timely manner (I received an email Thursday night with a specific demand for Friday morning, and got a scathing email Friday night when that demand was not met). I'm not one to go to my union. I pay my dues in order to CYA, but I've never had reason to go to them before. I also do my best to meet parent requests, or work to find a satisfactory compromise, but this is already overwhelming to me. I don't know if the union can do anything, but if nothing else, I'm hoping they can provide a representative to attend parent-teacher conferences... if I can even make it that far without my administrator shutting down parent/teacher communication. Last year, my principal pulled the plug on this parent contacting the teacher directly during the second week of school... so I've at least made it a week further.