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Compulsory unionism increases the costs of education and decreases the money available for education items not related to personnel. It discourages the treatment of teachers as professionals and discourages qualified individuals from becoming teachers. Compulsory unionism also increases the politicization of public schools through the adversarial nature of union bargaining.
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