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  • Hillary: Still Hero of the Aggrieved and Champion Whiner

    07/16/2018 5:04:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-16-18 | MOTUS
    From the American Federation of Teachers newsletter, Our Hero and Champion, Hillary Clinton: Every two years, the AFT presents the Women’s Rights Award to a woman whose vision and courage have raised the game for other women. This year’s recipient, Hillary Clinton, is a role model for women in politics, in the workplace and in society as she strives to make our democracy equitable for all people, especially women and girls. Who other than the AFT would give an award to a woman as corrupt (and tired) as old Hilz? Hillary begins speech: “I’m so tired, I can barely...
  • Hillary Clinton: Republicans 'are trying to rip the heart out of America' [comic relief]

    07/13/2018 2:11:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    Hillary Clinton had strong words for the Trump administration and Republicans on Friday while addressing the American Federation of Teachers, saying the fundamental rights of Americans are what’s at stake this November. Speaking at the labor union’s conference in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Clinton slammed the administration’s separations of families at the border as inhumane and indecent. “I believe with all my heart that the test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable among us, particularly our youngest, our oldest, our people with disabilities, and right now, my friends, our country is failing that test,” she said. “We have...
  • Supreme Court Fallout: Calif. Teachers Sue Unions to Recoup Unconstitutional 'Agency Fees'

    07/08/2018 5:55:51 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/7/2018 | TYLER O'NEIL
    Justice is coming for unions that forced non-members to pay "non-political" agency fees that went to prop up Democratic candidates. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that forcing workers who disagree with a union to make these payments anyway violates the workers' First Amendment rights. Less than a week after that ruling, Janus v. Association of Federal, State, City, and Municipal Employees (FSCME), seven California teachers have filed a class-action lawsuit to recoup unjustly forced fees. "This lawsuit will enable teachers like me to recover the agency fees that we were wrongly forced to pay against our will," Scott Wilford,...
  • Connecticut unions brace for Supreme Court decision with protests, membership changes

    06/13/2018 10:46:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Yankee Institute ^ | Jun 13, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch
    With a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFCSME case expected any day, Connecticut’s public sector unions are trying to convince members not to opt-out of membership if the Supreme Court decides in favor of Mark Janus. The Connecticut State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers informed their members of a Freedom of Information request for union members’ contact information that originated out of Illinois. Leaders say this information could be used for an opt-out campaign in the wake of a positive Janus decision. ... A decision in favor of Janus would essentially make Connecticut a...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Teachers Unions

    05/06/2018 8:32:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2018 | Arthur Schaper
    When I started out in education, the teachers union reps would tell me, “We are here to protect you.” However, what I learned on the job—and after leaving the profession altogether—is that unions protect unions, not the individual workers, and definitely not the kids. In many states, first-year teachers pay the union dues, even if they do not formally join the union, but get no protection. The classic phrase among veteran teachers is “you can be fired for the cut of your hair.” As for the core interests of these public sector legal mobs, teachers’ union strikes have erupted all...
  • Wells Fargo Rejects Union Demand to Act Against Gun Dealers

    05/01/2018 8:10:00 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 11 replies
    Zacks Equity Research ^ | 5/1/2018 | Not Given
    Troubles for Wells Fargo & Company (WFC - Free Report) seems to have no end. This time they come from a teacher’s union — The American Federation of Teachers (“AFT”) — demanding the bank to restrain itself from providing finance to gun dealers and the National Rifle Association (“NRA”). After the recent tragic incident at a high school that took lives of innocent students and educators, AFT’s President Randi Weingarten raised concerns over Wells Fargo’s connections with the gunmakers and NRA. In a release issued on Apr 7, the union disclosed plans to discontinue the Wells Fargo mortgage program offering...
  • ‘Right to Work’ Is a Cynical Power Grab

    02/24/2018 2:58:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 68 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | February 23, 2018 | Stan Sorscher
    The effort to expand cynically named "right to work" laws says a lot about what is wrong with politics in our country. Disguised as protecting workers, the real goal is to silence workers’ voice, reduce our bargaining power and make our jobs more precarious. It’s about power—social, political and economic power.
  • The dam holding back school choice will soon collapse

    10/02/2017 1:21:21 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02 Oct 2017 | Washington Examiner - Opinion
    The teachers' unions blockade, which deprives poor children of good education, is starting to crack. The latest fissures are created by a study of the country's largest private school choice program. According to researchers, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which provides vouchers, increased college enrollment rates by about 6 percentage points for students who participated at all. For those who were in the program for four or more years, the college enrollment rate was as much as 17 points higher. Before anyone leaps to suggest that this really just means those schools cream off the best students, opponents of...
  • The Trump Effect: The Impact of The 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation's Schools

    11/29/2016 2:37:06 PM PST · by bobk3 · 25 replies
    In the first days after the 2016 presidential election, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project administered an online survey to K–12 educators from across the country. Over 10,000 teachers, counselors, administrators and others who work in schools have responded. The survey data indicate that the results of the election are having a profoundly negative impact on schools and students. Ninety percent of educators report that school climate has been negatively affected, and most of them believe it will have a long-lasting impact. A full 80 percent describe heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about...
  • Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President

    11/26/2016 10:31:33 AM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | AFTHQ
    Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA President
  • 'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal'

    11/19/2016 10:19:53 AM PST · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/18/2016 | Jackie Tortora
    'Hate Cannot Be the New Normal': Teachers, Working People in Unions, Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Urge President-Elect Trump to Condemn Hate Speech As the number of hate-related incidents has been escalating in the recent days following the 2016 election campaign marked by the extreme and hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, working people in unions are calling on the president-elect to take a stand. During his acceptance speech, Trump said he would work to unite all working people.Working people are demanding that Trump commit to representing all of America’s people by "loudly, forcefully, unequivocally and consistently denouncing these acts and the...
  • NEA, labor, civil rights, and faith groups call on Trump to denounce hate-fueled acts

    11/18/2016 11:03:46 AM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    The National Education Association ^ | November 18, 2016 | NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
    NEA launches national campaign urging the public to “Speak Up” for students WASHINGTON - November 18, 2016 - The National Education Association today joined civil rights, faith leaders, and other advocates to ask President-Elect Donald Trump to leverage his position to call for an end to the recent wave of racist, bigoted, and violent incidents and rhetoric that have taken place since his election.NEA and more than 100 groups signed a letter urging Mr. Trump to call for an end to the acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction, and in some cases, assault, that have intensified over the past several...
  • American Federation of Teachers union spends $37 million on politics

    10/06/2015 4:43:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jason Hart
    The 2015 American Federation of Teachers annual report shows a left-wing political machine humming on all cylinders — with teachers buying the gas. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the union reported $37.6 million in political activity and lobbying expenditures, a $12.7 million increase from the previous year. Even more political spending was tucked away elsewhere in AFT’s annual U.S. Department of Labor filing, reported as “Contributions, Gifts and Grants,” “General Overhead” or “Representational Activities.” AFT paid union president Randi Weingarten, one of the nation’s most prominent “progressive” activists, a total of $497,118. The union reported only 2 percent...
  • Former Broward Teachers Union pres. steered illegal contributions to Clinton’s 2008 campaign

    08/20/2015 11:17:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 20, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Federal authorities indicted the former president of a Florida teachers’ union on fraud charges on Thursday, even as he faces additional charges in his home state over allegedly illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department charged former Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Patrick Santeramo with two counts of mail fraud for his alleged role in embezzling more than $35,000 in payments from a local school district. “It is alleged that after the BTU received the $80,000 payment from the School Board of Broward County, Santeramo authorized payments from the [union’s] Accountability Program account for himself and at least...
  • Major teachers union endorses Hillary Clinton

    07/12/2015 8:00:59 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/10/2015 | Cassie Spodak,
    Hillary Clinton scored a major union endorsement on Saturday when the American Federation of Teachers announced its support for the Democratic frontrunner. The endorsement is not a surprise, as the AFT also backed Clinton in 2007 in her primary battle against then-Sen. Barack Obama, but it is the first national union to endorse a candidate in the 2016 Democratic primary
  • Walker And Unions Battle Over Teachers Tenure

    06/30/2015 2:24:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Wisconsin unions Monday are once again attacking Republican Gov. Scott Walker, this time over a proposed budget that may result in cuts to tenure for state college professors. With the upcoming budget session, the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is expected to propose a plan to reform the University of Wisconsin System. While it is not yet finalized, unions warn the plan will cut $250 million in funding and will remove academic protections for professors such as teacher tenure. This latest union battles comes at the heels of a likely announcement Walker will run for president. With his previous labor reforms,...
  • Now Teachers Union Outlaws Coca-Cola From Its Events

    11/30/2014 3:06:33 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2014 | Eric Owens
    After wasting millions of dollars on losing Democratic candidates in this month’s midterm elections, the American Federation of Teachers has completely gone off the deep end and banned Coca-Cola and Coke products from its events and facilities. The teachers union — America’s second largest — based its prohibition on America’s best product and, certainly, its best export, on allegations of human rights violations that were described in a trio of books published several years ago... Larry Sand, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, a group that frequently stands athwart teachers unions, spells out the motivation more clearly: ”Obviously, they...
  • Union leader derides Obama education chief

    07/11/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 9:21 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge’s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. …
  • National Leader of Douglas County Teachers’ Union Joins Ultra-Left Democracy Alliance ( Colorado )

    05/10/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Observer ^ | May 8, 2014
    The Democracy Alliance, a top-secret collective of ultra-rich left-wing political donors, has a new member — Randi Weingarten, who heads the labor union that represented Douglas County teachers until two years ago when the district went union-free. ... Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an arm of the AFL-CIO whose affiliates include the Douglas County Federation. ... Ben DeGrow, Independence Institute senior education policy analyst, said Weingarten’s joining the Democracy Alliance shows that the union is using dues collected from teachers to pursue an extreme political agenda. ... Unlike other school districts, Douglas County no longer...
  • Learn More. Go Further. [Pro-Common Core Propaganda Web Site. Know Thy Enemy!]

    04/23/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Learnmoregofurther.org ^ | A bunch of central planners
    ...The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.