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  • WEA Trust seeks court validation of fund payouts

    01/05/2012 3:52:18 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    WEA Trust, a nonprofit health insurer with ties to the state's largest teachers union, wants a federal court to validate its action denying federal funds to Wisconsin school districts that dropped the company. The issue stems from funds received through the federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. WEA Trust applied for and received $18 million from the federal program created to offset insurance costs for early retirees, but it only shared the money with districts that still participated in its insurance program, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday ( At least 14 school districts that dropped WEA Trust are considering...
  • Obama Judge Rules Against Obama Agenda

    08/16/2011 8:53:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | Marita Noon
    What if you paid $38,000 to lease a house and were then told you cannot move in until some studies are done to determine if it is safe, but you do not get your money back? Years go by while the landlord is holding your money. This is exactly what the Obama administration has been doing to the oil and gas industry since May of 2010. The same Obama who is crisscrossing the country touting “fair.” On Friday, a US District Judge, appointed by Obama, decided that the administration wasn’t playing fair. In October 2010, the Western Energy Alliance (WEA),...
  • Cost of providing Wisconsin Capitol security tops $8 million

    08/10/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2011
    The cost to provide security at the Wisconsin Capitol during weeks of protests over Gov. Scott Walker's budget and collective bargaining changes now top $8 million. In a letter to the state legislature's Joint Finance Committee, the head of the Department of Administration asks for nearly $8.1 million to pay dozens of law enforcement agencies, four state agencies and three University of Wisconsin campuses for their help in providing security during the large-scale protests last winter and spring.
  • Wisconsin's Controversial Budget Law Begins to Pay Off

    07/12/2011 6:17:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | July 12, 2011 | Byron York
    "This is a disaster," Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, said in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law -- a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials and protesters in the streets. Now the bill is law, and we have some early evidence of how it is working. And for one beleaguered Wisconsin school district, it's a godsend, not a disaster. The Kaukauna Area School District, in the Fox River Valley...
  • Insurance Scam Driving Wisconsin Union Debate

    02/23/2011 8:38:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | February 23, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    Much of the current controversy in Wisconsin involves the impending loss of most collective bargaining privileges for state employees, including public school teachers. The fact is that the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the largest teachers union in the state, has grossly abused that privilege for decades, resulting in the unnecessary siphoning of millions of dollars from Wisconsin public schools. Under current Wisconsin law, the identity of the insurance company that provides health coverage to school employees is a matter of collective bargaining in each school district. In the majority of districts around the state, WEAC negotiators have used that law...
  • Wisconsin Teachers Union owns health insurance company - collectively bargained for.

    02/21/2011 11:29:17 AM PST · by sbMKE · 41 replies ^ | Fall 2010 | Education Action Group / MacIver Institute
    Here are a few simple, startling facts for anyone concerned about the financial condition of Wisconsin public schools: WEA Trust, an insurance company established and closely associated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), siphons millions of crucial dollars from K-12 schools and their students every year. WEA Trust has grown very fat on public school dollars, with a net worth of $316 million and a team of 12 administrators all receiving compensation packages worth six figures per year. Sadly, this insurance swindle is endorsed by state law. We at Education Action Group believe it’s time for the citizens of...
  • Fake Doctors’ Notes Being Handed Out at Wisconsin Gov. Union Rally

    02/19/2011 12:20:24 PM PST · by rhema · 307 replies
    [Madison, WI] As tens of thousands of public employees skipped work this week to attend protest rallies outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, many wondered if they would face any disciplinary action for unexcused absences. On Saturday, a group of men and women in lab coats purporting to be doctors were handing out medical excuse notes, without examining the ‘patients.’ “I asked this doctor what he was doing and he told me they were handing out excuses to people who were feeling sick due to emotional, mental or financial distress,” said Christian Hartsock. “They never performed an exam–he asked me how...
  • Teacher-student sex not a felony, union says

    09/05/2008 1:14:06 PM PDT · by llevrok · 33 replies · 810+ views
    The Daily World (Aberdeen WA) ^ | 9/5/08 | Steven Friederich
    The state’s largest teacher’s union says teachers who have sex with their 18-year-old students should not necessarily face felony charges. The Washington Education Association filed a “friend of the court” briefing in the state Court of Appeals case of former Hoquiam High School choir teacher Matthew Hirschfelder, accused of having sexual relations with one of his 18-year-old students. “Eighteen- year olds aren’t kids,” union spokesman Rich Wood said. “They are minors. … And should consenting adults be subject to criminal charges? That’s the question behind this case and this law.” Hirschfelder has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a...
  • Iran Booted From Defense Show for Displaying Missile Systems

    04/24/2008 6:04:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 171+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | April 24, 2008
    Iran Booted From Defense Show for Displaying Missile Systems April 24, 2008 The Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's deputy prime minister says Iran has been ordered to leave an international defense show in Kuala Lumpur. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said Iranian firms exhibited missile systems at the Defense Services Asia show that were "offensive" and contravened U.N. resolutions. Najib told reporters Thursday that Malaysian authorities had "no option" but to tell Iran to leave. The annual show began Monday with hundreds of exhibitors from about 50 nations.
  • Court gives teachers union its due (WA)

    06/21/2007 10:57:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 656+ views
    The Columbian ^ | June 21, 2007 | Elizabeth Hovde
    Thursday, June 21, 2007 If the Washington Education Association truly put teachers and students first, they'd be cheering a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision along with the rest of us. The court stood up for teachers' free speech rights. Instead, the union is decrying last week's 9-0 ruling, calling the state law that was before the court "seriously flawed," and vowing to pursue more ways to get its way, despite what individual teachers want. There is nothing flawed about getting permission from educators before spending their paychecks on politics with which they might disagree. Only a bully would see things...
  • Teachers Union Turmoil

    06/21/2007 5:32:05 AM PDT · by gpapa · 47 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | June 21, 2007 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Democracy is rule by persuasion, but the unpersuasive often try to coerce the unpersuaded. Recent days have provided two illustrations of this tendency, both of them pertaining to labor unions, whose decades of declining membership testify to their waning power to persuade workers that unions add more value to workers' lives than they subtract.
  • Dues and Don'ts {George Will on SCOTUS decision in Washington Education Association case]

    06/20/2007 6:02:40 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies · 605+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 20, 2007 | George Will
    Democracy is rule by persuasion, but the unpersuasive often try to coerce the unpersuaded. Recent days have provided two illustrations of this tendency, both of them pertaining to labor unions, whose decades of declining membership testify to their waning power to persuade workers that unions add more value to workers' lives than they subtract. Failing unions, like failing industries, turn to government for protection in the form of coercion. Failing industries have traditionally sought corporate welfare in the form of tariffs (coercion of consumers). Unions seek laws to confer what their persuasiveness cannot convince people to consent to. Last Thursday,...
  • The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment (Ashley Herzog Debunks Femi-nazi Craziness Alert)

    04/09/2007 10:20:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 813+ views ^ | 04/10/2007 | Ashley Herzog
    The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment By Ashley Herzog April 10, 2007 I didn't plan on writing another column about feminism, but I keep discovering more examples of pernicious ideas the so-called "women's rights activists" are pushing on society. Last week, the Democrat-controlled Congress reintroduced the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which gained popular support in the 1970s but died when Americans found out what it actually entailed. Thirty years later, feminists in Congress seem to think we've forgotten. The language of the ERA, now renamed the Women's Equality Amendment, is deceptively simple: "equality of rights under the law...
  • Teachers union pushes political spending bill

    02/08/2007 9:23:42 AM PST · by truth49 · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 2-8-07 | Ralph Thomas
    OLYMPIA -- The state's largest teachers union is pushing legislation that would, in effect, allow unions to spend fees paid by nonmembers on political campaigns without first getting permission. The bills, drafted by the Washington Education Association (WEA) and other labor groups, were introduced Wednesday in the House and Senate by a handful of Democratic lawmakers. Union leaders say they are merely trying to clarify a confusing statute. But critics said the union is attempting an end-run on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is currently reviewing the constitutionality of a Washington law that required unions to get permission before spending...
  • U.S. Supreme Court hears Washington union-fee case

    01/10/2007 1:28:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 700+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 10, 2007 | Mark Sherman, AP
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices indicated today they are inclined to uphold a Washington state law preventing unions from using fees they get from workers for political activities. The case involves a few thousand teachers and other education employees who are in the bargaining unit and thus represented by the more than 70,000-member Washington Education Association — but who have chosen not to join the union. Workers can't be forced to join or pay for the union's political activism, but they can be charged a fee for labor negotiations that affect them. The narrow issue before the justices is whether,...
  • State of the (Teachers) Unions

    12/07/2006 3:23:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 633+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2006 | Stephen Moore
    SPOKANE, Wash.--Teachers unions are supposed to promote the financial interests of, well, teachers--but not in Washington state. Here, the Washington Education Association is fighting some 4,000 nonmember teachers who don't want their paychecks raided each year and used for political activities that they don't believe in. "The right of free speech is being trampled" by the union political spending, complains Scott Carlson, a business teacher in Spokane. "And that's a right I hold very precious." Too bad the unions don't. The WEA derisively refers to teachers like Mr. Carlson who want their money back not as free-speech advocates but "dissidents."...
  • EFF clowning around with union dues issue

    08/21/2006 11:33:22 AM PDT · by truth49 · 12 replies · 508+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 8-21-06 | Chris Mulick
    You've got to hand it to the people at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. When they devise a gimmick to make a point, they go all out. The Olympia-based conservative think tank has been battling the Washington Education Association in court over the use of union dues to fund political activities. That's not legal, the EFF argues, and says union processes allowing members to reclaim the portion of their dues used on politics are too complicated. Most workers "give up and pay," the organization says, and opting out of the union doesn't solve the problem either. While it waits to see...
  • National coalition urges U.S. Supreme Court to accept Washington v. WEA case

    08/15/2006 12:55:24 PM PDT · by truth49 · 13 replies · 605+ views
    OLYMPIA—Today the Evergreen Freedom Foundation filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the Court to accept review of Washington v. Washington Education Association. At issue is whether individuals can be required to subsidize political speech they oppose. The Washington state Supreme Court ruled in March that a state law requiring unions to obtain permission from teachers before using funds for political purposes was unconstitutional. “The Washington ruling is a dangerous precedent that undermines free speech rights all across the country,” said Michael Reitz, director of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Labor Policy Center....
  • Big Labor Doesn't Know Meaning of 'No'

    08/15/2006 7:49:54 AM PDT · by truth49 · 15 replies · 854+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Aug 15, 2006 | Booker T. Stallworth
    “I love seduction, but I hate rape.” I heard those words for the first time during my freshman year at college. George Mason University professor Walter Williams was giving a lecture on the role of government and the proper use of its monopoly on force in a free society. Government isn’t alone in its ability to abuse its power. Labor unions have also failed to learn the lesson that “no” means “no.” One of the most egregious examples of this is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. For the last five years, Washington state, its National Education Association-affiliated teachers’ union,...
  • Union blocks teacher’s support of charity that fights child sex trafficking

    06/26/2006 10:53:09 AM PDT · by truth49 · 6 replies · 578+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 6-23-06 | Michael Reitz
    Who would obstruct the fight against sex trafficking of children? The Vancouver Education Association comes to mind. The teachers union, a local chapter of the Washington Education Association and National Education Association, has refused to allow a teacher to send her union dues to Shared Hope International, a charity working to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery of women and children. Federal law states that employees who object to union membership on the basis of religious belief can divert their dues to a charity in order to accommodate their religious objection. Susan Wiggs, a teacher in the Vancouver School...
  • Buzz Band Takes Legal Action Over Religious Tag

    03/08/2006 11:19:15 AM PST · by weegee · 223+ views
    Reuters via AOL ^ | 03/05/06 18:18 ET | By Todd Martens, Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (March 6) - Rock act Mute Math is so frustrated at being branded a Christian band by Warner Music Group's Christian outlet Word Records, it has taken matters into its own hands, self-releasing its debut album Feb. 1. And last September, Billboard has learned, Teleprompt Records -- a label co-founded by Mute Math keyboardist Paul Meany -- filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and Word. The suit is for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, and seeks punitive damages. Warner, however, might be somewhat pardoned for the marketing approach. Mute Math was formed by Meany, formerly of the...
  • SPITZER EXPOSES PAYOLA SCAM AT WARNER MUSIC--- my, my, my---who woulda guessed {snicker)

    11/23/2005 8:19:07 AM PST · by Liz · 109 replies · 1,587+ views
    NY POST ^ | November 23, 2005 | PAUL THARP
    BACK-SCRATCHING BIZ: Lil' Kim, one of many artists whose popularity was rigged. WireImage Eliot Spitzer.......unveiled a deal to halt bribery of DJs and rigging of ratings — schemes designed largely to hype mediocre acts, but also bigger names, in order to score higher returns. Four months ago, he extracted a $10M settlement from industry leader Sony BMG to break up its payola ring involving DJs, radio station executives and crooked middlemen. He's still probing the industry's two remaining mega-firms — EMI and Universal Music. In his crackdown on Warner music — the industry's No. 3 label — Spitzer accused...
  • FAITH UNDER FIRE: Does website show Christian massacre? (Religion of Peace Alert)

    10/02/2005 10:45:38 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 16 replies · 1,081+ views ^ | October 2, 2005 | Jeremy Reynalds
    An American-hosted soft porn Internet site also doubles as a cyber home for radical Islamic video propaganda. One approximately six-minute video housed on the Japanese site which we will not list because it so horrendous. Titled, "The Ambon Massacre," it starts with a picture of the ocean waves lazily lapping at dusk. The scene soon shifts to video of a burning building and people being massacred. Then viewers see rows of dead bodies covered with newspaper, followed by scenes of burning, decimated houses. The horrifying footage is followed by graphic video of burned, dead bodies with holes in their heads,...
  • Coaches Who Prey - Misconduct often goes unpunished by districts

    04/08/2005 10:33:05 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 26 replies · 1,798+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 15, 2003 (Since Updated) | Maureen O'Hagan <> & Christine Willmsen <>
    When a friend told coach Stu Gorski in 1995 that Mount Adams School District had hired "a phenomenal wrestling coach," Gorski froze. "Tell me you didn't hire Randy Deming," he pleaded. The district had. Gorski, a football and golf coach in Whatcom County, knew Deming for years as a rival coach at nearby Blaine High School. Gorski also knew of Deming's reputation as a groper of girls who had even been charged with child molestation. When Gorski learned Deming would also be teaching girls, he warned: "You're putting him back into the fire." GORDON KING / YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Randy Deming...
  • Boycott Raises Questions About Teachers' Priorities

    04/01/2005 2:30:12 PM PST · by truth49 · 13 replies · 592+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-1-05 | Ryan Bedford
    The National Education Association, the nation's largest professional employee union, claims to believe “every child in America, regardless of family income or place of residence, deserves a quality education.” The organization goes so far as to state on its website that: “In pursuing its mission, NEA has determined that it will focus the energy and resources of its 2.7 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” The words are noble, but the teachers’ union actions often are not. The NEA consistently places its political priorities over the actual...
  • Teachers' union puts politics over needs of children Ryan Bedford

    03/11/2005 5:51:55 PM PST · by kiki04 · 2 replies · 180+ views
    OpinionEditorials ^ | 3-10-05 | Ryan Bedford
    March 10, 2005 Teachers' union puts politics over needs of children Ryan Bedford For the Washington Education Association (WEA) it‚s about the children, right? Well, maybe not when its political agenda is at stake. On March 3, the WEA Children's Fund Board approved a motion to combine politics and charity at the expense of children. The WEA Children's Fund is an honorable program that provides „$50,000 a year for such things as warm coats, new shoes and basic school supplies to thousands of students who otherwise would go without. Teachers can purchase these items for students and submit receipts to...
  • Wal-Mart off the school-supply list

    03/11/2005 6:02:26 AM PST · by traderrob6 · 114 replies · 4,653+ views
    Deborah Bach ^ | 3/11/05 | Deborah Bach
    More political extortion from the left: When it's time to pick up supplies for her third-grade classroom, Jennifer Strand would prefer to steer clear of Wal-Mart. [snip]
  • Wal-Mart off the school-supply list

    03/11/2005 8:10:42 AM PST · by truth49 · 28 replies · 1,263+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 3-11-05 | DEBORAH BACH
    When it's time to pick up supplies for her third-grade classroom, Jennifer Strand would prefer to steer clear of Wal-Mart. The teacher is convinced the retail giant isn't paying workers a fair wage, but in the northeastern Washington town of Colville -- population 5,000 -- the only other option is a small stationery section in the local grocery store. So Strand became a reluctant Wal-Mart shopper -- venturing in from time to time to pick up supplies and emergency items for disadvantaged students, such as coats and shoes. She'd get reimbursed through the Washington Education Association's Children's Fund, a decade-old...
  • WEA Partisan Charity

    03/09/2005 9:21:45 AM PST · by truth49 · 5 replies · 310+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 3-9-05 | Ryan Bedford
    For the Washington Education Association (WEA) it’s about the children, right? Well, maybe not when its political agenda is at stake. On March 3, the WEA Children’s Fund Board approved a motion to combine politics and charity at the expense of children. The WEA Children’s Fund is an honorable program that provides “$50,000 a year for such things as warm coats, new shoes and basic school supplies to thousands of students who otherwise would go without.” Teachers can purchase these items for students and submit receipts to the Fund for reimbursement. The Fund allows teachers to meet the every day...
  • WA State Anti-School Porn bill killed in committee

    03/03/2005 5:05:31 PM PST · by compuguru · 8 replies · 516+ views
    John Carlson Show, KVI 570 | Self
    *** WA State Alert *** If you were listening to the John Carlson Show today (KVI570-AM), you may have heard the controversy about the school pornography bill being killed in committee due to blatant trickery (lying). Please send mail/email something similar to the one below or call Majority Leader Lisa Brown - (360)786-7604 ( SUBJECT: School Pornography MESSAGE: Our children in this state are being left in a dangerous situation due to political tricks by a member of the Democrat party. Please bring Senate Bill 5677 to the floor for a vote. I am extremely appalled at the course of...
  • House votes to end need for 60% on school levies

    02/22/2005 4:50:45 AM PST · by Josef1235 · 18 replies · 840+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 22 February 2005 | Andrew Garber
    House votes to end need for 60% on school levies By Andrew Garber Seattle Times Olympia bureau OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation, for the third year in a row, that could make it easier for school districts to get property-tax levies approved by voters. The constitutional amendment now goes to the state Senate, where it has died in past years. It would allow school levies to be approved by a simple majority of voters instead of a 60 percent supermajority. The amendment would go before voters in November if approved by a two-thirds majority in...
  • No Name-Calling an Ambitious Goal for Teachers’ Union

    01/29/2005 8:44:18 AM PST · by truth49 · 10 replies · 1,350+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 1-28-05 | Mike Reitz
    The Washington Education Association (WEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) recently announced their participation in this week’s national No Name-Calling Week in hopes of reducing verbal bullying. Since we at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) have born the brunt of the WEA’s most vicious verbal attacks, we applaud the union’s plans to usher in a new era of civility when dealing with ideological opponents. The prospect of being free of union name-calling comes as a relief, even if only for one week. The teachers union spokespersons have branded EFF with such appellations as “lying dirtbags,” “hate group,” “evil band...
  • PDC: Use of school district facilities for ballot campaign activity is prohibited

    01/26/2005 7:35:56 AM PST · by truth49 · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 1-25-05 | Michael Reitz
    OLYMPIA,WA—Today the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) unanimously ruled that two Seattle Education Association building representatives violated state law by using the Seattle School District’s internal mail and e-mail system to distribute campaign-related materials. Based on a complaint submitted by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF), the PDC investigated the local union representatives, who are also school district employees, for using public school facilities in support of placing Referendum 55 and Initiative 884 on the November 2, 2004, ballot. The union representatives distributed information on R-55 and I-884 by using school district mailboxes and e-mail systems, in clear violation of state law....
  • Public opinion goes against teachers union

    12/02/2004 10:44:15 AM PST · by truth49 · 9 replies · 1,080+ views
    Columbian ^ | 12-2-04 | Elizabeth Hovde
    The Washington Education Association's definition of success appears to be as strange as its definition for fair. Someone get the union's leaders a dictionary, asap. A Nov. 11 press release from the union said, "WEA members celebrate election success on Saturday." It goes on to say that the union's 77,000 members (public educators in this state are forced to pay dues to the WEA if they want to teach here) helped elect "strong, pro-public education leaders and defeat charter schools." In addition to the charter school legislation's defeat, the union cited victories in six of seven "priority races" in the...
  • Washington Education Association (WEA): Choice without charters

    09/29/2004 4:17:46 PM PDT · by truth49 · 6 replies · 213+ views
    WEA ^ | 9-29-04 | staff
    When kindergartners and first-graders start their day at John Stanford International School, they are greeted either with "hola" or "konichiwa" as "hello." But it doesn't stop there. They spend half their day learning Spanish with Maria Buceta-Miller, or learning Japanese with Mihoko Tsang, studying math, reading and writing entirely in one of those languages. The foreign language to most of the students in class, however, isn't a learning block. Instead, the immersion language program is one of the beauties of this north Seattle school, described as the first public elementary in Washington with an international focus. The Stanford school is...
  • Labor Union Masks Motives Behind Teacher Facade

    09/28/2004 10:14:55 AM PDT · by truth49 · 10 replies · 413+ views
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 9-28-04 | George A. Clowes
    Why do top teacher union officials, like National Education Association (NEA) President Reg Weaver, describe themselves as "classroom teachers" rather than union representatives? The annual Harris Poll provides a ready answer: Teachers are regarded by almost half of the American public as belonging to an occupation of "very great prestige," whereas only 15 percent regard union leaders that way. The teacher union has been so successful in downplaying its identity as a labor union that a survey of members of the Alabama Education Association in 2000 showed only 19 percent regarded the NEA as a union, with an overwhelming 77...
  • EFF publishes magazine exposing NEA

    07/07/2004 9:20:05 AM PDT · by truth49 · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 7/6/04 | Marsha Richards
    OLYMPIA, WA – The Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) published a magazine today titled “Barrier to Learning: How the National Education Association prevents students and teachers from achieving academic and professional excellence.” The magazine shows what EFF’s extensive investigations have uncovered about the NEA’s tactics and goals, and analyzes the union’s impact on teachers and students. The release of the magazine coincides with the NEA’s annual convention, which starts today in Washington, D.C. and continues through July 7. EFF, a non-profit public policy research organization based in Washington state, began investigating the NEA in 1996 at the request of teachers. Since...
  • WA Supreme Court to hear appeal on forced political participation and teachers' rights

    05/26/2004 3:58:02 PM PDT · by truth49 · 14 replies · 173+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 5-26-04 | Booker Stallworth
    OLYMPIA – On Thursday, May 27, from 8:45-9:45 am, the Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an appeal of the 2003 Court of Appeals ruling declaring the state law prohibiting unauthorized use of non-member union fees for politics as unconstitutional. The decision negated part of campaign finance Initiative 134, which was approved by 72 percent of Washington's voters in 1992. The Washington Education Association (WEA) was sued by the state Attorney General (AG) and found guilty in July 2001 of willfully violating RCW 42.17.760, which prohibits the union from using fees taken from non-member teachers to advance political...
  • Educators vote to explore suing state

    03/26/2004 7:45:24 PM PST · by writer33 · 16 replies · 145+ views
    Spokesman Review ^ | 03/26/2004 | Associated Press
    Union will consider litigation to force more state school funding The voting delegates of the Washington Education Association voted unanimously Thursday night to pursue a path of litigation to force the state Legislature to spend more money on public education. Following the vote, the WEA members stood, whooping and cheering, as they applauded their decision. The board of the 76,000-member union was asking the group's 1,000 voting delegates, meeting in Spokane at the annual Representative Assembly, to approve the lawsuit. Union members were asked to vote to approve a special assessment of $1 a month to regular dues to raise...
  • The NEA vs. Teachers

    12/10/2003 3:51:46 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 14 replies · 1,641+ views
    Accuracy In Academia ^ | December 10, 2003 | Malcolm A. Kline
    America's largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA) commands unparalleled resources, especially in elections, but its membership may be its undoing as surveys and investigations reveal how out of touch the NEA is with its members. On gay rights, even the union itself concedes that its stances "are often a source of controversy-both internally with Association members, and externally with the media, political decision-makers, and the general public." "Schools cannot be neutral when we're dealing with [homosexual] issues," former NEA president Bob Chase said. "I'm not talking about tolerance. I'm talking about acceptance." In the state of Washington, EFF...
  • Anti-War Teacher Quits Her Job Rather Than Her Principles

    09/24/2003 1:03:55 PM PDT · by Publius · 74 replies · 423+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 24 September 2003 | Robert Jamieson
    For the kids at Olympic View Elementary, it's the day the music died. Their popular music teacher didn't come back to the Seattle school this year. Their arts instruction has been left with a gaping hole. The reason why seems so ridiculous: Instructor Mary K. McNeill -- "Mary K" to everyone at the school -- made the "mistake" of encouraging kids to write and sing songs about love and peace during the U.S. war in Iraq. A few parents complained. The school principal met with Mary, who had been at Olympic View for a few years and whose methods had...
  • Union Threatens Lawsuit to Overturn Pay Raise [Union Opposes Pay Raise]

    08/19/2003 5:10:33 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 3 replies · 145+ views
    Union Threatens Lawsuit to Overturn Pay Raise By Melissa Mullins Editorial Assistant August 18, 2003 ( - A teachers union in Washington state is threatening to sue state lawmakers for voting to increase the pay of junior public school teachers. The Washington Education Association (WEA) insists it's fighting for local control of teacher pay, but critics of the WEA claim the union wants to control salaries to prevent teachers from deciding they no longer need a collective bargaining agent. WEA officials have already sued the state legislature for voting to scale back the work schedules of teachers by one...
  • Court strikes staggering blow to free speech

    06/26/2003 8:54:58 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 83 replies · 401+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 6/25/03 | Evergreen Freedom Foundation
    Court strikes staggering blow to free speech TACOMA—In a stunning blow to teachers and other union workers, Washington’s Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the state law prohibiting unauthorized use of non-member union fees for politics is unconstitutional. The case was on appeal after the Washington Education Association (WEA) was sued by the state Attorney General (AG) and found guilty in July 2001 of willfully violating RCW 42.17.760, which prohibits the union from using fees taken from non-member teachers to advance political causes without permission from those teachers. The WEA was ordered to pay $570,000 dollars in fines and penalties...

    01/23/2002 6:03:56 PM PST · by doug from upland · 19 replies · 532+ views
    Marsha Richards ^ | 1-23-01 | Marsha Richards or staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2002 National union refunds Washington teachers The Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) has just learned that the National Education Association (NEA) - one of the most powerful unions in the nation - is sending thousands of Washington state teachers a refund for money taken from their paychecks and spent on political purposes. The NEA issued refunds amounting to eight percent of the union's annual $126 membership dues to about 4,000 non-member teachers this month. "Apparently NEA officials heard the footsteps coming up behind them after their state affiliate got caught intentionally breaking the law," said Bob ...
  • NEA doesn t show up in court; union fined $800,000 for intentional violations of state law

    07/01/2002 3:52:28 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 36 replies · 1,907+ views
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation ^ | 7-1-02 | Marsha Richards
    Contact: Marsha Richards, Communications Director (360) 956-3482 NEA doesn’t show up in court; union fined $800,000 for “intentional” violations of state law OLYMPIA, WA - A Thurston County Superior Court judge today fined the National Education Association (NEA) $800,000 plus legal fees for “intentional” violations of a Washington state law that prohibits the unauthorized use of agency fees* for political activity. The court also issued a permanent injunction barring the union from collecting agency fees from thousands of Washington state teachers. The default judgment comes after the NEA missed a court deadline last week to respond to a lawsuit brought...
  • More union intolerance

    06/17/2002 12:27:41 PM PDT · by Jean S · 5 replies · 139+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 6/17/02 | Staff
    <p>Fresh on the heels of a federal complaint over how the National Education Association treats religious objectors comes another sad example of a school union's monopolistic ways. And it reeks of the same ignoble intolerance against those who don't abide by their union's agenda.</p>
  • Study: World Environment Agency Would Ease Chaos(likens agency to WTO equivalent)

    03/29/2002 6:02:49 AM PST · by callisto · 2 replies · 159+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 03.28.02 | Reuters
    Legal and environmental experts from the Tokyo-based U.N. University called on a U.N. development summit opening in Johannesburg in August to weigh creating a global body with powers over the environment similar to those of the World Trade Organization (news - web sites) over international trade. Their report said environmental regulation has emerged in an ad hoc and somewhat chaotic fashion over the past 30 years due to "the essentially random emergence of environmental issues onto national and international political agendas." The soaring number of global environmental institutions argues strongly that the current system of international environmental governance is "too...