Greg Neft, KSL Newsradio A group that says it's different from Utah's teachers union is trying to get some attention through a new radio ad.
In the ad, the Utah Council of Educators reaches out to both teachers and lawmakers to inform them that there's an alternative to the union.
President Dave Barrett said his group takes a different approach to teacher labor issues. "Collective bargaining has been historically adversarial, and that's kind of got us into the position that we're in," he said.
But the Utah Education Association's Mark Mickelson said the Council of Educators supported a bill during legislative session that would have hurt teachers. "[It included] contracts that have been bargained for literally decades to protect the rights and interests of educators in the state, and they didn't care about that," he explained.
He calls the group a concern.