Union Charter School Closing

On March 13, 2015, in AFT, Charter Schools, by clj

Teacher union officials dismissed the idea of school choice and charter schools until they realized it was a perfect opportunity to co-opt and control the charter school movement Starting with what seemed to be a perfect foundation, including a grant from the Broad Foundation, American Federation of Teachers officials now find themselves compelled to close down their […]

Wisconsin 25th Right To Work State

On March 12, 2015, in CEAFU, Right to Work, by clj

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a Right to Work bill today, making Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work state, and the third to be passed in 3 years.  While Wisconsin teachers enjoy Right to Work privileges under Act 10, and other freedoms, the bill will allow all workers to join or refrain from any union.  […]

Illinois Gov. Decries Union Political Spending

On March 4, 2015, in CEAFU, States, by clj

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner criticizes teacher unions for spending money to elect politicians who then sit across the table from them and negotiate public sector contracts, calling for the prohibition of the practice.  Many teachers disapprove of this practice also, particularly when their forced dues are going to support politicians whose views they disagree with.  Craig […]

Do Teacher Unions Speak for their Members?

On February 25, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Larry Sand, President of California Teacher Empowerment Network’s comments on teacher union membership losses in Unionwatch.org Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics informed us that in 2014 – for the second year in a row – that there are fewer unionized than non-unionized teachers in the U.S. The reasons for this are many: […]

WEAC’s Not the Only One

On February 24, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Apparently other Wisconsin public sector unions are reeling from the curtailment in the scope of monopoly bargaining (Act 10), as reflected in the staggering membership losses experienced by other public sector unions.  Robert Samuels comments in the Washington Post. Walker had vowed that union power would shrink, workers would be judged on their merits, and […]

WEAC Desperate for Power

On February 23, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Passage of Act 10 gave Wisconsin teachers the power to refrain from supporting or joining a teachers’ labor union in order to get or keep a job.  With a 50% loss in membership, the Wisconsin Education Association Council is turning its money and power to local races in an effort to recoup some of their […]

Rauner “Destroying” Us

On February 21, 2015, in CEAFU, States, by clj

Illinois teacher union official Matthew Johansson is accusing Governor Rauner of destroying unions with his executive order issued last Monday, freeing teachers and other state employees from having to pay forced dues.  Matthew Nordin and Jay Roberts have the story on WSIL TV online. Teachers would be able to opt out of their union under a proposal in […]

Larry Sand Reflects on Harris v. Quinn

On February 20, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

California Teacher Empowerment  Network founder Larry Sand comments on the impact of the Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court case, brought by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, and the prospects for more teacher freedom in the near future.  Read the full story at unionwatch.org. Elected officials, the courts and John Q. Public are […]

NEA – What’s Left?

On February 19, 2015, in CEAFU, NEA, by clj

Mike Antonucci discusses a teacher union ideology move further left.  Here’s the story in the Communiqué. Recent events dictate we revisit the possibility that teachers’ unions will revitalize themselves by moving to the left. Yes, yes, I know many of you think there cannot possibly be any room remaining to them on that side, but it […]

West Virginians Support Right to Work

On February 19, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

Most West Virginians support passage of a Right to Work bill.  Shauna Johnson has the story in West Virginia Metro News online.  Although West Virginia does not have a monopoly bargaining law, a Right to Work law will guarantee teachers the freedom to join West Virginia Professional Educators (WVPE) or any other professional organization of his […]

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