Education or Labor Policy?

On May 15, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Mike Antonucci scores kudos for insight when he defines education policy as a labor issue. Because Matthew Ladner deftly eviscerated President Obama after his remarks at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University. I’ll turn the stage over to Ladner, and simply highlight a Heritage Foundation chart he used. He likes it because […]

Illinois Pension Reform Dead

On May 12, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

The Illinois Supreme Court has blown government employee pension reform efforts out of the water, claiming it violates the state constitution.  Taxpayers will continue to be on the hook  for union bosses’ extravagant demands for more, more, more, that has brought the state to the point of a $111 billion underfunding of the pension system.  […]

Paid Not To Teach

On May 1, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Official time allows union officials to collect teacher salaries but not to teach.  Teacher union officials are increasing their power through this scheme, which has been enshrined in monopoly bargaining contracts, and paid for by the taxpayer.  Scott Reeder writes about Illinois teacher union officials’ official time on Illinois News Network. Imagine paying a teacher […]

NEA Nunbers Failing

On April 30, 2015, in CEAFU, Membership, NEA, by clj

National Education Association (NEA) membership numbers have declined considerably since 1994.  Mike Antonucci explains how this has occurred. In 1994 the National Education Association had 2.2 million members. In the years since, the union has increased its numbers by 800,000. During a period of time when the number of full-time equivalent classroom teachers grew by […]

Collective Bargaining Ignores Teacher Excellence

On April 30, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Heritage Foundation Research Fellow James Sherk testifies before the Nevada legislature on how monopoly bargaining ignores teacher excellence and undermines representative government. Collective bargaining in government takes away the final say on public policy from voters’ elected representatives. It forces them to negotiate a contract with union leaders, excluding all other citizens and potential workers from […]

Governor Rauner Considers Ending Forced Dues

On April 29, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

While Illinois teacher union officials fight to keep teachers paying forced dues and enduring unwanted union membership, Governor Rauner is considering giving teachers their freedom.  Seth A. Richardson has the story in The State Journal-Register. Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday said he wants to end “fair share” dues for teachers unions in the state. Rauner said […]

Teacher Union Officials Call Washington Strikes

On April 28, 2015, in CEAFU, Strikes and Violence, by clj

Teacher union officials in multiple Washington state districts have forced teachers to make the decision:  strike or cross the picket line.  Union president Larry Delaney makes it clear teachers want to put students first.  Victoria Cavaliere has the story on reuters.com Nearly 3,000 teachers in nine school districts were taking part in the strikes, which forced […]

WEAC Whacks Dues

On April 27, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) officials are having a fire sale on dues.  After Act 10 in Wisconsin granted teachers Right to Work privileges, to choose or refrain from union membership, the race began to retain their membership as many teachers refused to pay union dues.  Mike Antonucci questions the drastic reduction in dues dollars. 2009 […]

Right-to-Work Good For Missouri

On April 23, 2015, in CEAFU, Right to Work, States, by clj

Holly Rehder, Republican State Representative for Missouri’s 148th state district, writes about her decision to support a Right to Work law on semissourian.com. I am proud to have been a part of the House majority that voted in favor of Right-to-Work in February, and I’m looking forward to the Senate adopting their own version of […]

LA Unionists Model Themselves After Chicago

On April 21, 2015, in CEAFU, Strikes and Violence, by clj

Or are they modeling themselves after Saul Alinsky?  While California teachers struggle to free themselves from mandatory monopoly bargaining and forced dues, the Los Angeles teacher union president looks to Karen Lewis, head of the notorious Chicago Teachers Union, as a role model in fighting education reform.  His particular interest seems to be in fomenting strikes […]

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