What you are about to read are direct quotations made as part of a speech made in 2009? If you do not find this disturbing, you should be banned from voting for being mentally incompetent. As you read this try to decide who the individual might be and what background he could possibly represent. It may not surprise you but it can make you wonder why he made the speech in the first place.
“Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about our children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA (National Education Association) and its affiliates are effective associates because we have power.”
“And we have the power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interest as education employees.”
“This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”
Wow, what a definition of what unions are expected to provide. It is hard to imagine how the private sector unions would describe “Power”.
Now I will disclose the speaker. His name is Bob Chanin which will likely not ring your bell, I never heard of him before researching the Unions. This was part of his farewell address to the NEA. Mr. Chanin was the top education lawyer for the NEA for 41 years. He stated in his message, “It’s not about kids, but about power.”
It would be interesting to find out why the media in our country just ignore union activities. With all of the dissent happening in Wisconsin, you would expect that at least Fox News would share this nationally.
Thanks to “Eyeblast” and “Big Labor” for the facts. At least some are trying to level the playing field for the folks that pay for this legalized bribery.
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