I am not currently a member of the union, although I have been in the past. I just feel like the dues are outrageously high and I'm not sure I would get that much benefit out of it. And I'm also in agreement that the union does a certain amount of harm. One teacher my husband worked with years ago was terrible. I mean TERRIBLE. This guy really should have been weeded out the first week in teacher training - but somehow he made it through the whole process. It was so pathetic to see him in the classroom... Because he was so bad, and the union was protecting him so much, they ended up tranferring him to an exclusive school in the district (which is where my husband worked with him) where they offered all the VERY advanced classes - because there weren't many behavior problems there. Even in that setting, the guy was pathetic. The principal spent three years gathering documentation on how worthless this teacher was - but the union kept him in year after year. And of course, it was the kids who suffered. The principal finally ended up eliminating his job, which meant my husband and the other teachers had to take on the extra workload for a year before they could re-establish the position and hire someone good. What ended up happening to that pathetic teacher? He transferred to a middle school, and was eaten alive the first month of school and quit. He shouldn't have gone through years and years of dragging it all out.