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  • Despite Janus Ruling, Some Unions Still Forcing Public Workers to Pay Annual Dues

    11/16/2018 6:13:33 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | November 16, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    In California, new lawsuits aim to make unions respect the Supreme Court's authority. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision from June in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was clear: Public employees no longer are required to pay union dues, even for collective-bargaining purposes. This was no technical or ambiguous point. The court declared it an infringement of the First Amendment when the government forces workers to financially support organizations that they don't want to support. Case settled, right? Not entirely. Public-sector unions, especially in California, aren't used to finding themselves on the losing end of...
  • Proposed ‘Students’ BILL OF RIGHTS’ Leans Heavy On Gun Control Measures

    10/22/2018 11:47:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    guns.com ^ | Oct. 22, 2018 | Chris Eger
    A planned Student Gun Violence Summit held in Washington, D.C. over the weekend has generated a proposal geared towards extensive gun control ideas. The summit was designed to merge existing plans to reduce gun violence and merge them into a single “Students’ Bill of Rights,” after a weekend conference. The group, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, was formed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa Falkowski, along with Jami Amo, a survivor of the Columbine shooting; and Abbey Clements, a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The summit was sponsored with the assistance of several national gun control...
  • Election Day is just around the corner. I’m ready. Are you?

    10/19/2018 5:21:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | October 19, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Associ
    I’ll never forget the first time I voted.It was way back in the, ahem, 20th century. I remember how proud I was to finally carrying out my civic duty and vote. I actually decided before Election Day to be a volunteer on one of the campaigns.  A great man, Senator Frank Moss, had led the fight on so many issues I cared about: Medicare, Social Security, assistance for hospice care, money for special education. I signed up to help him.He’d been in the Senate for 18 years. His challenger’s platform was pretty much that 18 years was too long to serve...
  • Want to be heard? Speak out with your vote!

    09/08/2018 4:39:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 6, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García
    The well-rounded education that all students deserve includes a deep appreciation for citizenship and its core right and responsibility: voting.With National Voter Registration Day just around the corner (Tuesday, September 25), the NEA is encouraging members to advocate for—and hold—voter registration drives in public high schools. We are getting voter registration tools out to members through the NEA EdJustice League, our new avenue for building power and making our voices heard in communities across the nation. (By the way: The NEA Edjustice League offers a variety of ways you can connect with other activists in your area on lots of...
  • May Senator McCain’s legacy be faith in our virtues and courage in our convictions(GAG)

    08/28/2018 5:14:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 52 replies
    NEA ^ | August 27, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García President of the National Education Association
    I just had to say this I often explain to audiences that although I am a Democrat, I am bi-partisan in my work as an educator. We have to find–and have found–friends on both sides of the aisle if we’re going to move to high ground for our students.And I explain that I represent NEA members who are Democrats and Green Partiers and Independents and Republicans. In fact, I will say, a Republican personally gave birth to me.Mom’s a Republican. My Dad, may he rest in peace, was a Republican. They raised their six children to love family, which can...
  • Lodi Teen Kicked Out Of Class Over NRA Shirt (which didn't violate dress code)

    08/08/2018 1:45:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 8/06/18 | Angela Greenwood
    LODI (CBS13) — An angry mother is speaking out after she says a Lodi High School history teacher targeted students wearing T-shirts advertising the National Rifle Association. “She was basically being attacked in class,” said mother Charlene Craig. Two sophomores were wearing the NRA shirts when they say they were singled out in class by their teacher, who started schooling them on why guns are bad. **SNIP** “He basically yelled at her, telling her that she would be writing an essay if she disagreed with him.”
  • Teachers and Coaches Should Quit NEA in Wake of Kaepernick Award

    07/22/2018 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2018 | Carl Horowitz
    The National Education Association thinks Colin Kaepernick is an ideal role model. Many members, however, may take their loyalty elsewhere. And frankly, they should. On July 1, the NEA honored Kaepernick, along with several other persons and organizations, with a “Human and Civil Rights” award in recognition of the former pro-football star’s campaign “to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism.” The born-again political revolutionary, who these last couple years has been peddling the idea that police are conducting a nationwide pogrom against innocent blacks, accepted the honor with predictable melodrama. “To me, this is bigger than football...
  • Hollywood Unions Oppose Bill That Would Slash Arts & Humanities Funding

    07/18/2018 7:13:29 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Deadline ^ | July 17, 2018 | David Robb
    Hollywood’s unions are “steadfastly” opposing an amendment to a bill pending in Congress that would slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by 15%. The coalition of 12 unions, representing half a million industry workers and artists, includes SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, IATSE, the American Federation of Musicians, Actors’ Equity and the WGA East. The opposition is being spearheaded by the Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, through which many of the unions are affiliated. Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) offered the amendment to next year’s Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill. “The...
  • The Supreme Court Matters to Us All

    07/10/2018 5:18:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 38 replies
    National Education Association ^ | 10 July A.D. 2018 | Lily Esklesen Garcia
    The Supreme Court Matters to Us Allv July 10, 2018 by Lily Categories: I just had to say this Tags: justice, U.S. Supreme Court We are all susceptible to being lulled into a false sense of security that makes us think all is right with the world, or at least our little corner of it. But if you needed a reminder that these times are anything but normal, you just got it by way of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings, and Donald Trump’s nominee to the court: Brett Kavanaugh. The justices delivered an eardrum-splitting, 200-decibel wakeup call in the...
  • 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,...
  • ‘Refuse to Be Silent’ NEA President Tells Representative Assembly

    07/06/2018 8:25:56 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    National Education Association ^ | July 2, 2018 | Tim Walker
    On the first day of the 2018 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Minneapolis, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García used her keynote address to stress the challenges facing educators and public school. While the climb ahead is steep, she assured the more than 6,000 delegates that a growing army of activists – educators, parents and students – are showing a way forward. There is something different about this particular moment in our history, Eskelsen García said.  “Billionaires, like Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers, have never been more embedded in political power. Billionaires are trumping the rights of working...
  • Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families

    06/27/2018 12:45:29 PM PDT · by lightman · 96 replies
    National Educartion Association ^ | 27 June A.D. 2018 | John Rosales
    Educators in ActionWorker Rights June 27, 2018 • 10:23AM Supreme Court Ruling in ‘Janus’ Deals Blow to Working Families By John Rosales The collective voice of American workers was undermined today by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in ​Janus v. American Federation of County, State Municipal Employees. In a 5-to-4 decision, which casts aside decades of precedents and laws, the court has eliminated a public-sector union’s ability to collect “fair share” or “agency” fees from workers who choose not to join as union members but are still protected by union agreements. The ruling undermines the ability of educators to come...
  • More Winning at SCOTUS!

    06/27/2018 7:04:17 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 174 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | June 27, 2018 | SCOTUS
    JUSTICE ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court. Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsi­ dize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bar­ gaining and related activities. We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmem­ bers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. We upheld a similar law in Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977), and we recognize the importance of following precedent unless there are strong reasons for...
  • I am going to the border. Here’s why.

    06/23/2018 6:35:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 82 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | June 23,2018 | Lily Eskelsen García President National Education Association
    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”-Bishop Desmond TutuOn Sunday, I am going to Tornillo, Texas on the Mexican border, where Donald Trump has jailed innocent children. As an elementary teacher, as president of a union of educators dedicated to nurturing every student, as a mother, and as a Latina, I must bear witness to Donald Trump’s unimaginable cruelty and inexplicable inhumanity to children.Any parent knows the panic of momentarily losing a child in the store, and most of us can remember being children ourselves and feeling the terror sweep...
  • PAC backing Johnston for governor gets another $1M from Bloomberg ( enemy action in Colorado )

    06/20/2018 6:56:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | June 19, 2018 | Marianne Goodland
    A political action committee backing former state Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver for the Democratic nod for governor has received another $1 million dollars from Michael Bloomberg, bringing the wealthy former New York mayor’s total donations to the committee to $2 million. ... The $1 million contribution was the largest that any campaign committee received in the most recent reporting period from May 31 to June 13, according to the secretary of state’s office’s TRACER campaign finance system. Second on the list: another $750,000 from fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder to his gubernatorial campaign, bringing his total...
  • Facing declining membership, teachers unions now say anyone can join....

    05/29/2018 12:59:00 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/29/2018 | Kate Hardimen
    Teachers' unions are changing their tactics to maintain 'political clout' and salvage potential losses...Their new message? Anyone can join the union. A new membership category called “Community Allies,” open to “any person who demonstrates support in advancing the cause of public education.” It is of dubious legality, as unions are created to represent employees in a certain field, not to wield political influence. Yet, if this plan succeeds, the National Educators Association will be able to solicit these new “members” for PAC donations, a fact that could extend their political reach even further beyond where it is now. The National...
  • Quiz: How much do you know about gun violence in schools?

    05/18/2018 9:17:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    National Education Association ^ | March 24, 2018 | National Education Association
    Quiz: How much do you know about gun violence in schools?
  • 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...
  • 2nd N.J. teachers union prez suspended after undercover video

    05/03/2018 9:47:30 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 3, 2018 | Terrence T. McDonald
    The Union City teachers union chief is under fire after the release of an undercover video that shows her denigrating some of the city's public-school students, suggesting a teacher not report that he hurt a student and referring to a Union City teacher who had sex with a child but was not charged criminally. Conservative group Project Veritas, which has been slammed by the statewide teachers union for "using dishonest and illegal tactics to fabricate false stories," released the 15-minute video on Wednesday morning, one day following the release of a similar video that resulted in the suspension of a...
  • ‘How to Lie With Statistics’: Teachers Union Edition

    05/03/2018 5:26:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 2, 2018 | Allysia Finley
    If you’ve ever taken a statistics class, you’ve probably read Darrell Huff’s “How to Lie with Statistics.” Teachers unions appear to have drawn some lessons from the 1954 book. They’re using misleading statistics to rally public support for teacher walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado. Here are some of their distortions. • They conflate school funding and state education spending. In Oklahoma, unions proclaimed that per pupil school spending fell by 28.2% over the past decade. That refers to the inflation-adjusted state’s general funding formula. But total per pupil outlays increased by 16% in nominal terms between...