Las Vegas Sun

August 22, 2019

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Letter to the editor:

Teachers union doesn’t get it

I rarely agree with Jon Ralston, but his Sept. 4 column concerning the Nevada State Education Association, “Teachers union fails teachers,” was spot on. The same issue of the Sun had a lengthy article discussing the negotiations between the various school districts in the state and the NSEA.

In one paragraph, Ruben Murillo of NSEA was quoted as saying, “ ... teachers have told me even if they have to take a layoff for a year, they’d rather do that and not earn less money when they get back.”

Really? I find it implausible that a college-educated teacher would rather earn nothing other than unemployment for a year (likely much longer, in that the education budget is at the mercy of the real estate market and property values) than to accept a 2 percent reduction in pay.

If such teachers actually exist, maybe their students and their families could educate the teachers a little about what life is really like living on unemployment.

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