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LANDMARK REPORTS NEA FLAUNTING FEDERAL LABOR REPORTING LAW
Landmark Legal Foundation ^ | 4/22/02 | Landmark Legal Foundation

Posted on 04/22/2002 6:53:13 AM PDT by wcdukenfield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Eric Christensen

April 22, 2002

(703) 689-2370

(703) 689-2373 (fax)

info@landmarklegal.org

http://www.landmarklegal.org

(Herndon, VA)...Landmark Legal Foundation today filed an unprecedented complaint with the U.S. Labor Department charging the National Education Association (NEA) with concealing the union’s use of millions of dollars in tax-exempt teachers’ dues and fees for political activities since at least 1994.

The federal Labor and Management Reporting Act (LMRDA) requires labor unions to report their revenues and expenditures annually to the Department of Labor on a form LM-2. Unions must report their financial activities in sufficient detail to accurately reflect the union’s operations. A union and its leaders may be liable for substantial civil and criminal penalties for violating the LMRDA.

Landmark analyzed thousands of pages of internal union documents, as well as the NEA’s Labor Department and other federal filings since 1994, which show the expenditure of millions of dollars in tax-exempt revenue to recruit and support candidates for local, state and federal elective office. None of these expenditures are specifically reported, thereby making it impossible for NEA members to determine the full extent of the union’s political activities. Landmark’s complaint also details the union’s failure to document its direct participation in a nation-wide coordinated campaign with Democratic Party campaign organizations, the AFL-CIO and Emily’s List during the same period.

“The LMRDA was enacted to ensure that union members could make informed, responsible decisions about their union’s leadership and its activities,” explained Landmark President Mark R. Levin. “The NEA’s leadership spends millions of tax-exempt dollars on political activities every year, in coordination with the Democratic National Committee, yet reports none of it on its Labor Department filings.”

Landmark’s complaint today to the Labor Department follows earlier complaints filed in 2000 and 2001 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on the NEA’s unreported political expenditures and activities, which violate federal tax and election laws.

“The NEA obviously doesn’t want America’s teachers, parents and taxpayers to know how it is using tax-exempt membership dues and fees,” explained Levin. “But federal labor reporting laws require the union to tell truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about its political activities and expenditures.”

Founded in 1976, Landmark Legal Foundation was the first public interest law firm to champion education reform in America’s courts. In 1989, Landmark successfully represented low-income families who wanted to take advantage of school vouchers in Milwaukee, WI. The Foundation also successfully represented the school board in Wilkinsburg, PA, in that state’s first school privatization litigation. Landmark has offices in Herndon, VA, and Kansas City, MO.

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Landmark’s complaint is available online at Landmark’s website at http://www.landmarklegal.org.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: education; educationnews; labordepartment; landmark; nea; teachersunion

1 posted on 04/22/2002 6:53:13 AM PDT by wcdukenfield
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To: wcdukenfield
Landmark Legal Foundation today filed an unprecedented complaint with the U.S. Labor Department charging the National Education Association (NEA) with concealing the union’s use of millions of dollars in tax-exempt teachers’ dues and fees for political activities since at least 1994.

Good for exposing the crimminals, but the NEA will pay the fines and keep doing it.
If the courts remove their tax exempt status, they'll just increase school taxes to cover the fines - "for the sake of the children."
They'll say they need more money to cover books, sports activities or art , now that they have to pay taxes. They'll take it out on the kids. The kids are weapons in their arsonal.
We do as they say, or the kids will suffer their wrath.

2 posted on 04/22/2002 7:03:11 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: holdonnow
Well done. Keep after them.
3 posted on 04/22/2002 7:07:34 AM PDT by TomB
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To: wcdukenfield; Holdonnow
**Mega Bump**
4 posted on 04/22/2002 7:08:07 AM PDT by TwoStep
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To: wcdukenfield
Landmark’s complaint today to the Labor Department follows earlier complaints filed in 2000 and 2001 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on the NEA’s unreported political expenditures and activities, which violate federal tax and election laws.

Gee I wonder if they have the same Bookkeeper as Jesse Jackson??

5 posted on 04/22/2002 7:09:40 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: wcdukenfield;LarryLied;*Education News
Bump

Let's Help Nail the Teachers Unions -- It is National FReep Time

*Education News bump...

6 posted on 04/22/2002 7:21:26 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: doug from upland;Teacher317;Marsha at EFF
Ping
7 posted on 04/22/2002 7:23:03 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: wcdukenfield
bttt
8 posted on 04/22/2002 7:28:32 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: wcdukenfield
Great One Bump!
9 posted on 04/22/2002 7:28:49 AM PDT by StriperSniper
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To: wcdukenfield
Landmark press release writers must have gotten their education from NEA teachers, since they appear not to know what the word "flaunt" means.
10 posted on 04/22/2002 8:12:01 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: EdReform
Wow. Someone's finally calling them on their willful violation of the law, SCOTUS's Beck decision (1987 or 1988), and President Bush's first Executive Order. Of course, the most likely scenarios will be
1) more of the same, where dues payers will only get their illegally-used money back if they ask for it, (and, of course, no union official would EVER treat an employee differently because of any such request, now, would they??)
2) the NEA is fined, and uses dues money to pay for it (which, of course, is another violation of the same law... they may only use dues for 3 things, and paying legal penalties isn't one of them),
or 3) they'll ask us to go on strike on their behalf rather than choosing to stop breaking the law (and the SCOTUS decision... and the EO...)
11 posted on 04/22/2002 8:19:17 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: concerned about politics
they'll just increase school taxes to cover the fines

How? The NEA is not a taxing authority.

12 posted on 04/22/2002 8:21:10 AM PDT by 1L
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To: wcdukenfield
BUMP
13 posted on 04/22/2002 8:22:12 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: wcdukenfield
Civil and criminal. How sweet would it be for the NEA to have to return tens of millions of dollars to members and have some leadership thugs go to jail.
14 posted on 04/22/2002 8:27:29 AM PDT by doug from upland
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To: 1L
they'll just increase school taxes to cover the fines

How? The NEA is not a taxing authority.

The local schools will start to say their budget no longer covers expences. They need a vote to raise taxes, or the school will have "no choice" but to cut back on activities, art, gym, and everything else the children love. If we disobey, they will take it from the children, and it will be "the parents fault" for not approving the increase that "was so badly needed."

15 posted on 04/22/2002 8:31:49 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: wcdukenfield
How long before someone is quoted saying something to the effect, "If the NEA is forced to pay fines/give back dues, it would cause an undue burden on teachers across this country who would now lack important funding"?
16 posted on 04/22/2002 8:32:51 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: wcdukenfield

17 posted on 04/22/2002 8:36:05 AM PDT by Southack
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To: concerned about politics
The local schools will start to say their budget no longer covers expences. They need a vote to raise taxes, or the school will have "no choice" but to cut back on activities, art, gym, and everything else the children love.

I agree that this is what would probably happen.

But, this scenario may(just maybe) be what needs to happen to get public schools back in line. If the NEA is forced to pay back money that it admittedly illegally used, and then school boards across the country start rasing taxes to cover these fines/pay backs, you are going to have millions of very unhappy people. You will have millions of people unwilling to pay higher taxes simply because the NEA decided to use its dues for political payoffs rather than what it was supposed to be used for. I would look for many court challenges concerning NEA instructing local school boards to try to raise taxes.

This could get really interesting.

18 posted on 04/22/2002 8:39:39 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: FreeTally
"The local schools will start to say their budget no longer covers expences. They need a vote to raise taxes, or the school will have "no choice" but to cut back on activities, art, gym, and everything else the children love."

They need the money to promote homosexuality in all the schools.
19 posted on 04/22/2002 8:57:12 AM PDT by conserve-it
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To: wcdukenfield
You don't "flaunt" the law; you flout it.
20 posted on 04/22/2002 9:00:49 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: conserve-it; FreeTally
School budgets are unaffected. This is the NEA's treasure chest that is under fire (thank goodness).

Union dues are not used to cover school expenses, they are to cover (by law, SCOTUS decision, and Executive Order... and the NEA still refuses to comply) ONLY collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance adjustment. Under Beck, employees may halt and reclaim all forced union dues used for politics and other activities unrelated to the above 3 purposes. Of course, if this were any corporation, the courts would mandate the refunds to be immediate and in full. Since it is the Left's precious conduit for controlling our schools, the rules get ignored.

21 posted on 04/22/2002 9:13:40 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: concerned about politics
They need a vote to raise taxes, or the school will have "no choice" but to cut back on activities, art, gym, and everything else the children love. If we disobey, they will take it from the children, and it will be "the parents fault" for not approving the increase that "was so badly needed."

These local schools are not the NEA. What direct link is there between the NEA's budget shortfall (if any) from a loss of their exemption status and the school's desire to raise taxes? Further, how will that happen in places like Texas where the NEA has no support?

22 posted on 04/22/2002 9:18:23 AM PDT by 1L
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To: Teacher317
School budgets are unaffected. This is the NEA's treasure chest that is under fire (thank goodness).

Yes, that's my assumption, but that doesn't stop the NEA from claiming it wil hurt schools if they are forced to pay back millions of dollars. We will here such phrases as "....undermining the NEA's ability to represent its members" and "......will set the public education system back 20 years and fail our children across the county".

23 posted on 04/22/2002 9:24:38 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: Physicist
holdonnow bump
24 posted on 04/22/2002 9:25:17 AM PDT by Unknown Freeper
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To: wcdukenfield
I am shocked that the NEA would do this!
25 posted on 04/22/2002 9:31:15 AM PDT by wjcsux
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To: all
Too bad Landmark Legal did not have offices in every state so that they can audit/examine education irregularities in every single state. I posted this article at our school district teachers/parents message board. I'm curious to see how they react.
26 posted on 04/22/2002 9:35:00 AM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: FreeTally;concerned about politics;doug from upland;Teacher317;*Education News
"If the NEA is forced to pay back money that it admittedly illegally used, and then school boards across the country start rasing taxes to cover these fines/pay backs..."

The NEA is a labor union representing teachers and support personnel, and is not part of the public schools. Schools are not responsible in any way for covering fines and paybacks. That money would have to come directly from the NEA (and let's hope it breaks them).

Teachers can actually receive a refund for some of their NEA and state education labor union dues by applying for it. See the following replies for information:

Reply # 39 in the thread Home-Schooling Under Siege,

Reply # 28 in the thread TEACHERS UNION THUGS HAVE TO GIVE BACK MONEY [Free Republic] and

Reply # 19 in the thread Legal Costs Skyrocketing for Defiant Teachers Union


Also, the NEA in not a professional educators association. If teachers are interested in a professional organization the may wish to consider:

Association of American Educators
25201 Paseo de Alicia, Suite 104
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: 949-595-7979 or 1-800-704-7799
Fax: 949-595-7970
Email: info@aaeteachers.org
Website: www.aaeteachers.org

Please note that the AAE is not a union. It is a professional association. Annual dues are $125 per year for teachers (includes $2 Million liability insurance - one of the reasons teachers join the NEA or AFT is for liability insurance). Student, retired educator, and associate/support memberships are $25 per year.

27 posted on 04/22/2002 9:36:34 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: FreeTally
will set the public education system back 20 years and fail our children across the county".

The NEA already have set the education system back 20 years and have failed OUR children long ago ..

28 posted on 04/22/2002 9:38:00 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: wcdukenfield
Bump to Landmark!

Go-MARK-Levin!

29 posted on 04/22/2002 9:45:03 AM PDT by Scholastic
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To: FreeTally
Oh, I bet you'll be found to be dead-on accurate in those predictions, probably within a few weeks.
30 posted on 04/22/2002 9:58:10 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: wcdukenfield
bump
31 posted on 04/22/2002 12:36:01 PM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: wcdukenfield
bump
32 posted on 04/22/2002 12:36:01 PM PDT by Bigg Red
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To: wcdukenfield
BTTT
33 posted on 04/22/2002 3:51:12 PM PDT by EdReform
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To: wcdukenfield
I remember when Landmark got access to these documents - WOW! This is going to be fun!! Finally the NEA is going to get their due!!!
34 posted on 04/22/2002 6:59:25 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: Scholastic
BUMP!!! Great going, Mark & Landmark!!!!
35 posted on 04/23/2002 9:55:17 PM PDT by stratman1969
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