Okay, I’ll Bite
Presumably, Pat Crowley — by his strenuous logical standards — would also believe that we needn’t listen to pacifists, or even military minimalists, were we to consider dropping a nuclear bomb on Iran:
Look, if the answer is you simply don’t believe teachers have the right to collectively bargain, I wish you would stop beating around the bush and just say it. If so…fine, then there is no need to debate the merits of binding arbitration with you. We can simply move on.
Yes, teachers should have a right to bargain as a collective, but individual teachers should have a right to bargain as individuals, and districts should have a right to construct the policies that will best serve their students and their communities. The unionist might object that the collective couldn’t function without including every potential employee, that giving management an alternative would decrease the union’s leverage, but we’re talking rights, here, not the policies that most benefit labor organizations.
Personally, I believe that unions have become a cesspool of stultifying principles, metastasizing humanity’s baser motivations and producing an hospitable environment for evil. I’d further decry the extent to which they tend to weigh public discourse down to the level of reasoning that Crowley exhibits in the linked post (and to which his boss, Bob Walsh, disappointingly gave voice in multiple appearances on WPRO, yesterday).
Only within the acrid womb of such a beast as a public-sector labor union could one be so immune to objectivity as to believe that all statements are necessarily cynical ploys that may be dismissed based on the underlying assumptions of the orator. The bottom line is that binding arbitration will have particular effects on contracts and therefore on municipal and state budgets. The National Education Association of Rhode Island desires those effects. Various allied citizen groups do not. Those who are not yet convinced, either way, should observe the debate and seek what makes sense to them in the exchange.