Comment: its complicated

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its complicated

Even though in many states teachers have a right to join or not you don't really have much choice. when you sign up as a freshman teacher they explain reality to you...

If a student ever claims you hit them, or made a sexual advance, or whatever, if you are in the union, then the union lawyers will represent you and union will stand behind you. If not, you are on your own, good luck with that.

Simply put, there are lots of reasons to opt in, even if you don't like the political agenda.