Skip to comments.LANDMARK REPORTS NEA FLAUNTING FEDERAL LABOR REPORTING LAW
Posted on 04/22/2002 6:53:13 AM PDT by wcdukenfield
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Eric Christensen
April 22, 2002
(703) 689-2373 (fax)
(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 unions 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 unions 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 NEAs 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 unions political activities. Landmarks complaint also details the unions failure to document its direct participation in a nation-wide coordinated campaign with Democratic Party campaign organizations, the AFL-CIO and Emilys List during the same period.
The LMRDA was enacted to ensure that union members could make informed, responsible decisions about their unions leadership and its activities, explained Landmark President Mark R. Levin. The NEAs 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.
Landmarks 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 NEAs unreported political expenditures and activities, which violate federal tax and election laws.
The NEA obviously doesnt want Americas 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 Americas 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 states first school privatization litigation. Landmark has offices in Herndon, VA, and Kansas City, MO.
Landmarks complaint is available online at Landmarks website at http://www.landmarklegal.org.
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.
Gee I wonder if they have the same Bookkeeper as Jesse Jackson??
How? The NEA is not a taxing authority.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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".
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 # 28 in the thread TEACHERS UNION THUGS HAVE TO GIVE BACK MONEY [Free Republic] and
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
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.
The NEA already have set the education system back 20 years and have failed OUR children long ago ..