There is this thing called "union dues" that teachers who are a part of one pay out of every single paycheck. It is not an insignificant amount and that is how unions run their operation. Federal funds (however misguided and unsuccessful) never enter the pockets of the unions. But go on believing that unions are the devil. In case you're already tired and ill-informed ideas go to http://buythesisonline.org and it will open your mind.