Let's take the way back machine to July 2009 and have a look at how the NEA (National Education Association) outgoing president Bob Chanin viewed education and unions. A prescient commentary on today's battles being waged in Wisconsin.
"This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing drop out rates, improving teacher quality, and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, and collective bargaining. That is simply too high a price to pay."