If you're ever curious about why so many people hate teachers unions, check out this little story in the LA Times today about the Centinela Valley Union High School District. Long story short, on the last day of school before break, a minimum day, the district planned to feed their mostly low-income kids the usual mid-morning snack. The union was pissed about this because it would extend the day by 15 minutes, so teachers all kept the kids in class and fed them Krispy Kreme doughnuts instead. Result: the district had to throw away the unused snack food, they lost $10,000 in federal funds, and teachers got to leave 15 minutes earlier.
"A lot of teachers are very protective of their time," said the union rep. No kidding.