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Man Bites Union In Los Angeles
IBD Editorials ^ | December 14, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 12/14/2010 5:17:08 PM PST by Kaslin

Education: L.A.'s mayor has blasted his old bosses for blocking reforms and protecting bad teachers. Could the unions' charmed political life finally be ending? We can only hope so.

Antonio Villaraigosa was once an organizer for United Teachers of Los Angeles and a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association. Now mayor of Los Angeles, he has been a staunch liberal throughout his political career. So his speech last week at a Sacramento conference of the Public Policy Institute of California was bound to make news in a man-bites-dog way.

Here's a sample of what he said about his old employer, UTLA:

"Over the past five years, while (I was) partnering with students, parents and nonprofits, business groups, higher education, charter organizations, school district leadership, elected board members and teachers, there has been one, unwavering roadblock to reform: UTLA union leadership."

Here's another:

"At every step of the way, when Los Angeles was coming together to effect real change in our public schools, UTLA was there to fight against the change and slow the pace of reform."

Villaraigosa also had plenty to say about the type of reform he wanted to see. And it was not what the union would have wanted to hear.

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1 posted on 12/14/2010 5:17:09 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Oh my goodness, chicken little is flapping his wings.


2 posted on 12/14/2010 5:25:20 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
Sad to say, during the Bush years the unions ran rampant like rats in the cellar, unseen but a plague in the making.

With barak hussein, it's now out in the open and the light begins to shine in that rank, fetid cellar. And OMG!

It is Biblical in its sheer, complete depravity.

Even the rats are beginning to see they are killing their host.

3 posted on 12/14/2010 5:45:32 PM PST by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Kaslin

When the money runs out and that will be soon ... they will be hoisted on their own Socialist petards. Epic FAIL.


4 posted on 12/14/2010 6:02:57 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: Huebolt

The unions have been crooked for so long.


5 posted on 12/14/2010 8:16:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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