We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now

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    "On the last day of the National Education Association’s convention this summer, its outgoing general counsel, Bob Chanin, gave a speech for the ages. After sharing fond recollections of his 41 years as the NEA’s top lawyer, he switched gears and started lobbing grenades at “conservative and right-wing bastards,” including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. The NEA and its affiliates, by contrast, were “the nation’s leading advocates for public education and the type of liberal social and economic agenda that these groups find objectionable.” Chanin’s glowing portrait of the NEA was wildly wrong, of course, but so was his characterization of the union’s opponents. People of all political stripes—not just right-wing “bastards”—are starting to realize that the single biggest impediment to education reform is the NEA itself.

    ...the teachers’ unions consistently blocked meaningful education reform and accusing the NEA of trying to end enforcement of the No Child Left Behind act. The unions “almost uniformly call for the spending of more money and the creation of more teaching positions which, of course, result in an increase in union membership, union income and union power,” wrote one of the authors,..."

    We’re All Right-Wing Bastards Now by Larry Sand, City Journal 20 November 2009
     
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    The NEA is an absurdity. It barely makes a pretense of caring about education for children -- it's all about job protection for teachers (including lousy ones).
     
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    I know a lot of teachers who wish they didnt' have to join their union but are afraid not to. There are many out there and until they band together and understand they are not alone then maybe they can take back our Education system which was meant to TEACH our children not propagandize them.
     
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    Corzine wa pushing for universal day care for 3 and 4 yrs olds in NJ. Cost 12500 per child. Very few people thought the state could afford it, including my teacher friends. We realized it was a pay off to the NJEA for their support in his failed re-election bid. More babies - more teachers -more members.

    Teachers are assaulted every day in schools around this country. If the union cared about its members' safety (the original purpose of unions) measures would be taken to expel more criminals. But they are more interested in keeping the criminals in school. More students - more teachers - more members.

    I pay 900 a year in union dues. Not quite sure what its for.
     
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    Stop paying it.
    Last I looked you can't be forced to join the union.
     
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    The court unanimously upheld a Washington state law that applied to public employees who choose not to join the union that represents them in contract talks with state and local governments. The workers are compelled to pay the equivalent of union dues, a portion of which the union uses for political activities
    Supreme Court Rules “Opt In” Law For Union Dues Used For Politics Isn’t Unconstitutional | KXNet.com North Dakota News

    I believe you can ask for that part of your dues back, but not what the unions document that bargaining costs.
     
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    To pay for all of those bribes, all of the graft, and to reelect Democrats.

    They really don't need it anymore because the Stimulus Package is their slush-fund for the next 4 years. But every little bit helps.

    I was a Union member for 8 years. Got nothing from it. We've got a Union President in my shop. He's supposed to be a Air-conditioning technician but he hasn't done his job in over 5 years. All he does is sit in the union hall and drink coffee......oh and sexually harass any females he happens to meet.
     
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    I can tell you've never been a member of a union.

    You can't leave the union unless it's on your anniversary of the date you joined and you have a window of a couple of weeks that you have to submit a withdrawal statement in writing. Then it takes a couple of months for them to stop taking it out of your paycheck.

    So it's not that easy.
     
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    I just went to their site:

    Welcome to CTEN

    Awesome. I found this interesting:

     
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    In the 1950s some 1/3 of all private-sector workers belonged to a union. Now only 7.6% of nongovernment workers belong to one. From 1997to 2004, private sector employment grew from 66.1 to 103.6 million, but union membership declined from 14.3 to 8.2 million. (AEAweb: Annual Meeting Papers)

    At the same time, unionization of government jobs is five times higher (Union Members Summary) . Could it be that the concern of private companies for profits, and maximizing shareholder value, and workers choosing opportunity over job security explain the disparity? Or, in more loaded terminology, choosing capitalism over socialism.
     

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