A good union provides team effort, working for the benefit of all members. It surprises me that teachers unions, faced with the funding shortfall, have not explored two options:
Proportional salary reductions for all unit members -- a reduction in the salary schedule. The quality and staffing could be maintained with minimum detriment to the student population. No one relishes reduced income. The trade-off of maintaining current class sizes to reduce stress might be worth consideration.
Reducing the cost of administration, overhead or other staff considered nonproductive. Perhaps our teachers could reexamine some of the duties they have contractually shed over the years -- scheduling, discipline, counseling -- with an eye toward eliminating administrative positions and adding those funds to the teacher salary pool.
My godmother, wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law are teachers. I wish the best for our schools and have supported every school finance measure presented, with the exception of the lottery.