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A TEACHERíS UNION HITS BOTTOM
Powerline ^ | 8/24/12 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 08/25/2012 10:51:02 AM PDT by rhema

I am not a big fan of teachers’ unions. In most cities, they are the primary obstacle to controlling budgets and improving education. But sometimes they are even worse than that.

Local 59 is the City of Minneapolis’s unit of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers. Minneapolis public school teachers have their work cut out for them: many of the city’s schools are poor. How much the union is to blame for this I don’t know, but it certainly bears some responsibility for the abysmal performance of the city’s public education system. So one might think that Minneapolis public school teachers would focus their efforts on doing their jobs, and trying to educate their often-challenging student population.

But no: like so many other public employee unions, Local 59 can’t resist meddling in politics. This email recently went out to all Minneapolis public school teachers:

From: all-teachers-bounces@list.mpls.k12.mn.us [all-teachers-bounces@list.mpls.k12.mn.us] on behalf of Lynn Nordgren [lnordgren@mft59.org] Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 3:11 PM To: All-Teachers@list.mpls.k12.mn.us Subject: Taking on the KOCH brothers by boycotting their products!

BOYCOTT the ANTI-Union, ANTI-Teacher, ANTI-public education KOCH Brothers!

As many of you know, the very rich KOCH brothers (poster children for the 1 %) are a major funder of the effort to take down unions and public education. They fund TEA party candidates and the far, far right agenda. They truly are trying to take over the government.

An email and Facebook campaign to boycott products made by Koch Industries is growing. There is also a new film out entitled: EXPOSED: The Billionaire Koch Brothers Who Are Buying American Democracy. MFT is trying to get a copy of the film as we speak.

What can you do if you wish to stop the Koch brother’s campaign? You can boycott the following paper products:

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: education; teachersunion

1 posted on 08/25/2012 10:51:09 AM PDT by rhema
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To: MplsSteve
The KochFacts site lists data regarding Koch Industries’ presence in Minnesota. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Koch is contributing a heck of a lot more to the State of Minnesota than the teachers’ unions are. One might say that Koch’s employees, whom the teacher’s union is trying to harm by urging a boycott of Koch products, should respond by boycotting the Minneapolis public schools. But my guess is that already, few if any of Koch’s well-paid employees are consigning their children to the problematic, left-leaning Minneapolis public school system.
2 posted on 08/25/2012 10:53:54 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

IIRC, here in WI, the union pensions are invested in various Koch enterprises.


3 posted on 08/25/2012 10:55:29 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: rhema

Wonder if they are going to issue a similar warning about the ultra rich evil capitalist George Soros who’s trying to take over the government from the left........guess not


4 posted on 08/25/2012 10:57:53 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: rhema

Vouchers may not be the only solution, but it is a great start. Empty schools are better than bad schools.


5 posted on 08/25/2012 10:59:42 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: rhema
And this screed went out on taxpayer-owned school equipment? To teachers in the workplace? Who is Lynn Nordgren? Was she a public employee sending this crap out during work hours?

This is actionable. She should be fired and the union warned against any further use of public money to support their thieving enterprise.

6 posted on 08/25/2012 11:00:09 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: rhema
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7 posted on 08/25/2012 11:01:25 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: rhema

Thanks for the list. I will try to buy more “Koch Brothers” products!


8 posted on 08/25/2012 11:02:53 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: rhema
... one might think that Minneapolis public school teachers would focus their efforts on doing their jobs, and trying to educate their often-challenging student population.

Hinderaker should do stand up with lines like that.

9 posted on 08/25/2012 11:04:28 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
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Oops! Fail on the link above!

10 posted on 08/25/2012 11:04:33 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: rhema

“But my guess is that already, few if any of Koch’s well-paid employees are consigning their children to the problematic, left-leaning Minneapolis public school system.”

And how many Minneapolis public school teachers actually send their own kids to those schools?

Here in the Metro DC area, public school teachers in the hellhole district make damned sure their own kids go to the ‘better’ school districts in the area, and they know for sure which ones those are.


11 posted on 08/25/2012 11:07:42 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: IronJack

Most likely this was sent out on union computers from union offices on union time. The union folks are at least smart enough to know their vulnerabilities with public assets.

Nordgren is head of the MN Federation of Teachers (the “Natl Federation of Teachers” and its state/local branches tend to have the city schools while NEA groups have the suburbs). She is probably full time/salaried by the union while holding that office.


12 posted on 08/25/2012 11:20:53 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: rhema

Hopefully MN parents will send an email to lnordgren@mft59.org and say that they will boycott MN public schools.


13 posted on 08/25/2012 11:37:33 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: EDINVA
The following is a personal teachers union story. Several years ago I went back to my tiny home town in my home state for a high school reunion. In order for the high school alumni groups to save money and have a good turn out my little town and high school cosponsor “all classes” reunions and hold them every 5 years. Its actually kind of fun because you not only see your classmates but those above and below you. OK back to the story. There was this guy a few years older then me who was a basketball player back in high school and later came back and was a PE teacher and basketball coach. Well he took our traditionally mediocre basketball teams and achieved new lows. Needless to say he quit coaching after a few years I heard he was encouraged to make that decision. Now this all occurred several years before this particular reunion. Time flips forward up to the reunion , I run into him he is now a state NEA union organizer! OK here is a guy who couldn't cut it as a PE teacher and basketball coach and now is the local John L. Lewis of education! Unbelievable!

So the old saying, those who can't do, teach, those who can't teach work for the NEA.

14 posted on 08/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PDT by Reily
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To: rhema

BOARD OF EDUCATION: http://board.mpls.k12.mn.us/

Send them the link to this story. This woman should not be allowed to send this message to taxpayer owned school computers.


15 posted on 08/25/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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16 posted on 08/25/2012 11:59:32 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: rhema

When the kids start paying union dues, they’ll start thinking about the kids!


17 posted on 08/25/2012 12:09:20 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: rhema

The MSNBC Klux Klan strikes again...

These poeple have to be the DUMBEST bunch of media-manipulated useful idiots in human history.


18 posted on 08/25/2012 12:23:38 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: JimRed
When the kids start paying union dues, they’ll start thinking about the kids!

One NEA leader actually stated that very line a while back.

19 posted on 08/25/2012 12:53:28 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rhema; wintertime

You forgot to post the part of the letter reaffirming the dedication of these teachers to produce the most educated students possible.

...on second thought, it probably didn’t exist.


20 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:38 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: houeto

” ‘When the kids start paying union dues, they’ll start thinking about the kids!’

One NEA leader actually stated that very line a while back. “

Close. It was Albert Shanker, former American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president. I think what he said was the following: “When the kids start paying union dues, I’ll start to represent their interests too.” Same thing you said, but worded a bit more in labor-speak.


21 posted on 08/25/2012 1:10:36 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: BobL

Yep, that was it. Thanks Bob.


22 posted on 08/25/2012 1:41:47 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: houeto
One NEA leader actually stated that very line a while back.

Yes, in NYC. That's where I got it.

23 posted on 08/25/2012 1:54:15 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: EDINVA
The fact is that a large percentage of all public school teachers send their children to private schools. They know how bad the public schools are, not that they don't still want high pay and benefits, after all it is for the children!
24 posted on 08/25/2012 2:06:35 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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25 posted on 08/25/2012 3:07:36 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: rhema

But don’t forget, the teachers union is all about the students (tee hee hee). And I have a bridge in the Florida swamp for sale.


26 posted on 08/25/2012 3:50:27 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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27 posted on 08/25/2012 7:36:49 PM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: MplsSteve

Heh. Idiots that they are, they forgot that Holiday sells Koch Gasoline. Not to mention all the other refined products :p


28 posted on 08/27/2012 7:46:43 AM PDT by downwdims (It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority)
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