With "friends" like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, teachers don't need enemies.
Of course these "unions" have been infiltrated from within to render them weak in the face of the onslaught of privatization. It's an old tactic: The FBI back in the 1960s infiltrated anti-Vietnam war groups in order to get information and to break the backs of the groups.
I have never trusted the "unions'" leadership as far as I can throw them. Hell, if the local officials can sell out individual teachers in order to help administrators, why should the national leaders be any different at all?
Lots of luck changing the mind of a cultist.
You have politicians who believe in “outsourcing” public institutions to private individuals or corporations, and never mind they don’t understand or don’t care about the reason public schools and other public institutions exist. These politicians believe public is evil because it is public. We have people in power who believe in a stupid, sociopathic cult of libertarianism or neoliberalism, and all of the facts in the world won’t change their minds.
The kids are the victims of these sociopathic nitwits.