School district after school district are using COVID-19-“relief” money to hire additional employees and give nonmerit-based bonuses and pay increases to current employees. Such payroll expansions put more dues revenue in the pockets of NEA and AFT union officials.
The irony of Janus is it had little affect on public unions since blue states were able to neutralize it. Although Janus did not apply to private unions, it publicized the political power of unions and voters reacted. Today, the entire south is right to work and a total of 30 states now have right to work laws.
The National Education Association teachers union threatened to publicly criticize President Joe Biden’s administration if it did not implement stricter mask guidance, according to internal emails obtained by watchdog group Americans for Public Trust.
Militant officials at a American Federation of Teachers union subsidiary passed a resolution sharply condemning Israel and branding Jews as “colonial settlers.” Many CUNY professors are furious about PSC bosses’ decision to wade into Mideast politics.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced its opposition to a mandate forcing its members to get the coronavirus vaccine. The APWU also demanded that Biden’s administration negotiates with union leadership before issuing any mandate.
The “remedy” of concerned citizens regaining control of curriculums only rarely succeeds. A better solution: let objecting parents send their children to independent schools, taking a large fraction of their public school equalized per pupil cost of education with them.
Powerful teacher union bosses saw shuttered schools as an opportunity to extract billions and billions of additional dollars from hard-pressed taxpayers for the unionized government schools that they largely control. The shakedown scheme succeeded to an extent they never could have imagined pre-COVID-19.
Randi Weingarten swore to combat “culture warriors” who attempt to censor a realistic telling of the history of the U.S. “Let’s be clear: critical race theory is not taught in elementary schools or high schools. It’s a method of examination taught in law school and college,” she said.
“Basically,” Brenda Lebsack adds, “whoever does not agree with the union’s ideology, including students, was compared to the KKK. This intolerant, extremist, union-promoted viewpoint will create hostile school environments for many students and school employees. It’s dangerous, it’s hateful, and it’s exclusive.”
American parents and other citizens have just witnessed what is probably the most graphic public display ever of the inordinate clout union bosses wield over how our nation’s government schools are run. And parents are not happy about what they have seen.
A motion to pass Senate Bill 61, which called for barring unions from charging dues or fees to nonmembers for the costs of representation, failed by a vote of 199-175. A number of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in tanking the proposal.
The teachers union in the middle of a scandal for influencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official school reopening guidance gave nearly $20 million to Democrats in the 2020 election cycle, filings show.