Skip to comments.The North Carolina Teachers Union Gets Schooled
Posted on 01/15/2012 11:40:32 PM PST by gabriellah
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly successfully overrode Governor Bev Lets-Just-Skip-Elections Perdues veto of a bill prohibiting the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) from using the state to collect the due payments the Democratic Party and teachers union have called foul. Gov. Perdue said, The Republicans in the General Assembly didnt have the votes to get what they wanted legally. So, in the dark of night, they engaged in an unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab. Of course, they did have the votes (the state constitution requiring 2/3 of both chambers to override a veto), and such action is hardly unprecedented (look at last years Congress to see just how productive Democrats can be in the middle of the night).
The NCAE occupies a funny place in North Carolina politics. Because North Carolina is a Right to Work state, the union is fairly small (especially when compared to its affiliates in Wisconsin and New Jersey), but they have been quite active lately. They vigorously opposed the budget passed out of the General Assembly and were quite involved in the recent elections for the Wake County School Board and the debate surrounding neighborhood schools.
In light of the NCAEs political activities, its worth asking whether the state should act as a dues collector for the group. Considering that there are likely many taxpayers not associated with the NCAE who would object to many of the groups activities and political positions, its worth considering what benefits the NCAE provides. The state would then be obligated to be the unions bill collector.
Indeed, the situation is quite curious. The teachers union has promised to sue, claiming that the law somehow targets or singles out the group for punitive treatment. Yet, one is tempted to ask why the group feels so entitled to such privileged treatment. There are many groups and organizations across the state, from the Boy Scouts to the Knights of Columbus, that do not have access to the states payroll system for dues collection. Rather than targeting the group for special treatment, the law actually puts the union on an equal standing with every other group in the state. Some groups, such as the United Way, and the state affiliate of the SEIU, still have access to the payroll system, but these groups are the exception rather than the rule. So instead of arguing that they have an inherent right to automatic dues deductions, a more logical argument would push for other groups to not be allowed to access the state payroll system. Ultimately, this would be the most fair outcome for everyone involved. Why should state resources be devoted to furthering the ends of private groups? While automatic dues and donation deductions are convenient for the groups receiving the money, what is the benefit to the state? Especially in the era of online bill pay, theres really no need for the state to be involved in these transactions. Why is North Carolina (along with many other states and their respective unions) involved with organizations like the NCAE at all?
Instead of recognizing that an overly generous special perk courtesy of the state has now come to an end, the NCAE is taking to the streets to demand the return of what is rightfully theirs. Instead of demanding that the state act as their personal dues collector, the union should recognize that very few other groups have this privilege and should not waste the states time and resources with ridiculous complaints.
Another win for America and common decency, and another loss for the communist Democrat scum who trash everything good.
“Why is North Carolina (along with many other states and their respective unions) involved with organizations like the NCAE at all?”
What demographic has NC attracted?
Ping...something Mike Adams might like to write about
Not withstanding the great effort by the NC Legislature to override Perdue’s veto on the NCAE method of dues collection, one can only wonder why they did not include the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) otherwise known as SEIU Local 2008, from collecting UNION dues via payroll deductions.
Upon further research, it becomes clear that our legislators locked the front door to the NCAE and left the back door wide open to the SEIU/SEANC which will ultimately STRENGTHEN the SEIU in North Carolina.
One only needs to peruse the SEANC website’s list of Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives 2011-2012 (http://www.seanc.org/legislative/priorities.aspx) to learn the real truth about the ignorance/complicity of our elected officials. #1 on their list is Oppose privatization and downsizing of state government services.
I am appalled at the back slapping atta-boys passed around by our so called conservative law makers claiming victory over unions in our right to work state, meanwhile the revenue stream of actual state employees union, SEANC/SEIU, continues to be deducted directly from state employees paychecks.
Obviously (from their stated objectives and union affiliation), SEANC is a political and lobbying advocacy UNION and our lawmakers simply transferred political power from the NCAE directly into the hands of the SEIU.
Wake up people. All this posturing by the NCAE is not over political agenda’s, it is over their loss of power to SEANC.