Teachers forced to Pay Union Dues
Teachers Forced to Accept Monopoly Union Representative
Teachers Free to Choose or Reject Union Representation and Membership
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Confirming what my guest, Orlean Koehle, President of California Eagle Forum, who reported on her week-long attendance at the last NEA convention, had to say on the show today about the political agenda of the National Education Assn, WSJ.com the Opinion Journal of the Wall Street Journal wrote the following:
If we told you that an organization gave away more than $65 million last year to Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Amnesty International, AIDS Walk Washington and dozens of other such advocacy groups, you'd probably assume we were describing a liberal philanthropy. In fact, those expenditures have all turned up on the financial disclosure report of the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union.
Under new federal rules pushed through by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, large unions must now disclose in much more detail how they spend members' dues money. Big Labor fought hard (if unsuccessfully) against the new accountability standards, and even a cursory glance at the NEA's recent filings--the first under the new rules--helps explain why. They expose the union as a honey pot for left-wing political causes that have nothing to do with teachers, much less students." (Used with permission from OpinionJournal.com, a web site from Dow Jones & Company, Inc).
The NEA Convention opened with its Head saying the NEA is where every voice is heard. That's every voice except the conservative voice. Orlean told of how out of the 90+ resolutions before the delegates only one conservative resolution was heard, the rest were tabled. Too much to write about here, but you can hear about the resolutions that were acted upon, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with education!
Nevertheless, National Teachers Appreciation Day is observed this week, so be sure to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life or has been a positive influence on your child's life. Not all teachers support the NEA's positions.
Hear the show (See 5/1/06)