Several states are attempting to
As a pro, I believe unions can keep a proper balance of power between teachers and administrators.
I agree. I've also seen what you describe. Sometimes it takes a while for the teachers to realize that
I've never had to pay dues if I didn't join, but I did think the dues were quite high if you joined local, state and national. For a while we could just join local but that didn't last long.
That's pretty much what happens here. Of course some schools have the nuts who file a grievance about every little thing that they think isn't going their way, but overall it's about dividing what's available in the most practical way.